In celebration of the life and achievements of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Hobart and William Smith Colleges will join with the Geneva community for a series of events to honor and remember the legacy of the civil rights leader.
The commemoration will begin with the annual march and memorial service on Monday, Jan. 21. Organized by the Geneva MLK Committee, the march will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Public Safety Building on 255 Exchange St., followed by an 11 a.m. worship service and reception at the First United Methodist Church, 340 Main St. The service will feature words of remembrance by Bishop John S. Dixon, Pastor of St. Paul’s Full Gospel Baptist Church in Geneva, as well as music by the MLK Memorial Choir. At a reception immediately following the service, the winners of the 2019 MLK Art and Poetry contest will be announced.
On Monday afternoon, in conjunction with the national MLK Day of Service, Hobart and William Smith students, faculty and staff will assist residents at Seneca Lake Terrace and receive volunteer training from Family of Promise of Ontario County. The Day of Service volunteers will also be joined by students enrolled in Assistant Professor of Education Namoi Rodriguez’s “Politics of Care” service learning course. The national effort is being coordinated by The Corporation for National and Community Service. Members of the community who wish to volunteer can email firstname.lastname@example.org
On Monday, Jan. 28, Rev. Dr. William Huston Wilkinson of the First Presbyterian Church in Medina, N.Y., will deliver the 2019 MLK keynote address titled “Leading in these Divided Times: What Would Dr. King Tell Us?” at 7 p.m. in the Vandervort Room of the Scandling Campus Center.
“Rev. Wilkinson brings to our campus ample experience in a variety of fields: academia, the faith community and medical studies (in Kenya and the U.S.),” says Alejandra Molina, director of the intercultural affairs at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. “He will be speaking on Dr. King’s vision on leadership and reminding us all how relevant it continues to be.”
A trained physician who taught medicine at the City of New York College of Medicine and Downstate Medical Center, Wilkinson studied public health in Kenya and earned a master’s degree in epidemiology in London. He also taught at Holyoke Community College in Massachusetts and served as the director of Black Studies at Dartmouth College. He later graduated from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School and served Elmwood Presbyterian Church in Syracuse and Dansville Presbyterian Church before taking his current post in Medina, N.Y.
Wilkinson’s address will follow a Community Dinner at 5:30 p.m. in the Common Room of the Scandling Campus Center at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. All are welcome to attend the dinner and keynote address, and are encouraged to RSVP by Thursday, Jan. 24 by emailing email@example.com or call 315-781-3319.