Martin Luther King’s message of hope and social justice remains as moving and relevant today as it was during his lifetime. In honor of King’s legacy, Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the city of Geneva will sponsor a week-long series of events, from Monday, Jan. 15 to Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007.
One highlight of the week’s activities will be the keynote address by the Hon. Roy Wheatley King. A graduate of the Syracuse University School of Law, King is a supervising judge of the Rochester City Court system and a lecturer at the State University of New York-Brockport.
The speaker “is both a leader in the community and an expert on the Civil Rights movement,” said Alejandra Molina, assistant professor of Spanish and Hispanic studies and interim director of intercultural affairs, who invited King to the Colleges’ campus. “He is able to navigate in two worlds: as a judge he deals with the everyday life of the people in his courtroom; and as a scholar he can explain the historical and academic components of the struggle for Civil Rights.”
The schedule of events for the week, ranging from discussion to dance, helps to underline the theme of the celebration: “Remember and Reflect: From Inspiration to Action.”
The complete schedule is also available on the Office of Intercultural Affairs' Web site.
• The city of Geneva’s Annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration will begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 15 with a march from the Geneva Public Safety Building to First United Methodist Church. A shuttle will be available at 9 a.m. from Medbery parking lot to take people to the Public Safety Building downtown.
The service will feature keynote speaker Hilary Shelton, director of the NAACP’s Washington, D.C. Bureau. A worship service and fellowship dinner will follow at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. respectively.
• On Tuesday, Jan. 16 on Colleges’ campus, diners in the Great Hall of Saga will share a birthday cake in honor of King during the evening meal. A community service fair will be held concurrently with the event, featuring tables from the Boys and Girls Clubs, Geneva Head Start and other local organizations. Students are encouraged to sign up for one of the many service projects scheduled for the morning of Saturday, Jan. 20.
• Wednesday, Jan. 17 features a talk by Mary Salibrici, associate professor in the Writing and Rhetoric program, at 4:15 p.m. in the Sanford Room of the Library. Salibrici will discuss the power of oration during the Civil Rights movement in her talk, “Martin Luther King Jr. and Stokely Carmichael: The Power and the Difference.”
Those in attendance will watch video clips and join in a discussion about the differences and similarities between King and his contemporary Carmichael, a Civil Rights activist and student organizer.
• A “Fireside Chat,” featuring Cedric Johnson, assistant professor of political science, is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18 in the Intercultural Affairs office. Johnson will discuss “Dilemmas of Black Power Politics.”
At 7:30 p.m. keynote speaker Roy Wheatley King will give an address in the Geneva Room. King will be introduced by his son, Rodmon King, of the Colleges’ philosophy department.
Roy King, a graduate of the Syracuse University School of Law, is a supervising judge of the Rochester City Court system and a lecturer at the State University of New York, Brockport.
• On Friday, Jan. 19 at 5 p.m. the Colleges will feature a reception and dance performance in the atrium of the Warren Hunting Smith Library featuring student step dance group, the Hip-NotiQs. Performance will begin at 5:45 p.m.
• Saturday, Jan. 20 begins with “Doing the Dozens: A Storytelling Hour” at the Geneva Public Library from 10 a.m. to noon. The event will bring together HWS student volunteers and students from the Geneva community.
• The week's celebration will conclude with a gospel music festival held from 2:30 to 5 p.m. in St. John’s Chapel on the Colleges’ campus; parking will be available in the Medbery lot off Pulteney Street. The event will feature the MLK Community Choir, Mt. Olive MB Church Male Chorus, the Disciples for Christ Community Choir, Harmony'z with Soul and dance group Expressions. A reception will follow.