Beyond recalling his actions and words, the community strives to fully savor the legacy of Dr. King. Mayor Johnson, a staunch advocate of Dr. King's message, will speak on “Why We Celebrate Martin Luther King Day” at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 19, in the Geneva Room.
(Jan. 3, 2005) GENEVA, N.Y.–Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the City of Geneva have joined forces to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, staging a number of events designed not only to honor King, but to actively “Redeem the Dream” in the process.
The two main speakers of the week are HWS President Mark D. Gearan, a lifelong advocate of public service and the former director of the Peace Corps, and Rochester Mayor William Johnson, who has served as mayor since 1993 and who served for more than 20 years as president and chief executive officer of the Urban League of Rochester.
Events began yesterday, Jan. 17, with a march that calls to mind King's peaceful civil rights rallies. After walking with participants from the Public Service Building on Exchange Street to the Presbyterian Church on Park Place, President Gearan offered a reflection on King's life and work at 11 a.m. at the church. A fellowship dinner, hosted by the Rev. W. Jim Gerling, followed.
Mayor Johnson, a staunch advocate of Dr. King's message, will speak on “Why We Celebrate Martin Luther King Day” at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 19, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the Colleges' campus. The talk is part of the President's Forum lecture series sponsored by HWS President Mark D. Gearan.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Choir, directed by Patty Blue, a 1977 William Smith graduate, will perform before and after Johnson's remarks. The talk is free and open to the public, as is the reception that follows. It will be broadcast on WEOS-FM 89.7/90.3.
“Many times our recollections of Dr. King center on revisiting the same speech or events,” says Chevanne DeVaney, assistant director of intercultural affairs at HWS who teamed up with Rosa Blue, leader of the city's committee, to organize the events. “We hope by organizing and participating in these events that we will all get a better idea of what Dr. King accomplished.”
The images of the recent tsunami, the thousands of lives lost, and the devastating impact it has had upon countless others remind many of us how lucky we are to have food, shelter, friends and family. In keeping with Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision of the power neighbor working alongside neighbor, Public Service and Intercultural Affairs are asking students, staff, and faculty to join together to help the younger victims of the tsunami through the “Save the Children” fund.
To join in this volunteer effort, please e-mail email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Checks may be made payable to Hobart and William Smith Colleges–please put Save the Children in the memo line of the check.
Those who wish further information on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. may visit the following links:
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project at Stanford University. The Papers Project site also has various speeches posted
The King Center, the official living memorial dedicated to the advancement of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.