Oswego expands celebration of King's lesson, legacy

MLK speakingSUNY Oswego will mark the 20th anniversary of its Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration by expanding it into several days of workshops, lectures, films and more from Jan. 27 to 31.

Faculty and students worked together to plan the events, most of which are free, said coordinator Cathy Santos, SUNY Oswego’s associate provost of multicultural opportunities and programs.

Tony Henderson, who co-coordinates the event, and Arnie Oudenhoven of the Office of Residence Life originally started the celebration two decades ago, presenting annual service awards to a faculty or staff member and a student.

The Service Recognition Dinner at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, in The Forum of Hewitt Union will welcome back many previous honorees. Bishop Rufus McGee, the founder/pastor of Outreach Temple Church of God in Christ United in Rochester, will present “It’s OK to Dream.” The cost is $13, or $7 for students, with reservations required.

A kickoff event, including welcoming remarks and the film “Biography: Martin Luther King Jr.: The Man and the Dream,” will start at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, in the Campus Center auditorium.

The Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity will host the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory Contest at 7 p.m. in the same location.

Faith Maina, Marcia Burrell and Bonita Hampton of Oswego’s School of Education will discuss “Coping Strategies for Students of Color in a Predominantly White University: Voices from Oswego Alumni” at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, in Room 205 of the Campus Center.

R. Deborah Davis of the School of Education plus student presenters Simone Anderson, Alicia Grant, Lindsay Coble and Christina Blades will discuss “The Poor People’s Campaign and Poverty” at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday in Room 120 of the Campus Center.

Nola Heidlebaugh, the college’s civic engagement coordinator, and panelists from other organizations will present “Yes I Can: Community Organizing as a Career” at 12:45 p.m. Thursday in Room C114 of the Campus Center. At 2:20 p.m., Michael Huynh and Michael LaMastra of the Newman Center will detail “Selma: The Intersection of Religion and the Civil Rights Movement” in the same location.

A pair of dance workshops will take place Thursday evening. Demonstrations and lessons on salsa, meringue and bachata will take place in the Campus Center activity court at 6:30 p.m. An “America the Beautiful” modern dance workshop will unfold in the Lee Hall dance studio at 7 p.m.

On Friday, the African Student Association will ask “How Close Are We to the Dream?” at 12:40 p.m. in Room 201 of the Campus Center. A film of King presenting his “I Have A Dream” speech will be shown at 1:45 p.m. in the same location, followed at 3 p.m. by students Elizabeth Gray, Genevieve Shutts, Matthew Reitz, Zechariah Azuzi and Laurie France examining “African-American English: A Linguistic Approach.” The same room will host the Rev. Richard Rice at 4 p.m. presenting “Letter from Birmingham Jail, by Dr. King,” using the message to show black and white citizens’ perspectives on racial oppression in that era.

Santos will lead a workshop on “The Principles of Non-Violence and the Beloved Community” at 11 a.m. Saturday in Room 201 of the Campus Center.

A film series will include “King” at 2 p.m. Wednesday, “Witness to History: The Civil Rights Movement” at 7 p.m. Wednesday and “Citizen King” at 4 p.m. Thursday, all in Room 120 of the Campus Center.

For information, call 312-3021 or visit www.oswego.edu/calendar.

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CONTACT: Cathy Santos, 312-3021 or santos@oswego.edu

(Posted: Jan 22, 2009)

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