Jan. 22, 2013

Campus community honors Martin Luther King Jr. with leadership and service

soup packing MLK

Students assemble ingredients into packages of dry soup that will be delivered to home-bound seniors in the area during the third annual Day of Leadership and Service to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. /PHOTO BY KEITH WALTERS '11





As the nation remembered Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 21, Geneseo honored the the civil rights leader's life and legacy through its third annual Day of Leadership and Service. Students, faculty and staff listened to a keynote address by Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus of History Bill Cook, participated in afternoon service projects with community residents, and attended leadership workshops through the Geneseo Opportunities for Leadership Development (GOLD) program.

"This celebration takes on special meaning this year as the country celebrates the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation," said Tom Matthews, associate dean of leadership and service. "Dr. King devoted his life to advancing equality, social justice and opportunity for all, and taught us that everyone has a role to play in living up to his vision of America. Our Day of Leadership and Service focuses on the impact we can make as individuals and communities in focusing on the needs of others."

Cook, who retired last May, returned to campus to speak about "Beyond Our Borders: The Lessons of Martin Luther King for our Global Society." His address was followed by five GOLD workshops for students. Students also completed intergenerational service projects with senior citizens to assist home-bound senior citizens in Livingston County. Volunteers assembled ingredients for packaged soups, wrote greeting cards and notes, filled energy-saving draft dodgers, assembled File of Life Everyday Information Kits and packed lunch bags for kids who go hungry on weekends and holidays.

Geneseo continues its MLK commemoration April 1 when civil rights attorneys Rita and Bill Bender address "The Deliberate Denial of Education." They will speak at 7 p.m. in the MacVittie Union Ballroom. It is free and open to the public.