Day of Leadership and Service to Mark MLK Day Jan. 21

GENESEO, N.Y. -- SUNY Geneseo is remembering the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with its third annual "Day of Leadership and Service" program Jan. 21, the 27th anniversary of the federal holiday commemorating the life of the civil rights leader. Students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to hear a keynote address by a Geneseo distinguished teaching professor emeritus of history, participate in afternoon service projects and attend leadership workshops through the college's highly regarded GOLD program (Geneseo Opportunities for Leadership Development).

"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 at Geneseo. "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."

William Cook, distinguished teaching professor of history emeritus at Geneseo, will deliver the program's keynote address, "Beyond Our Borders: The Lessons of Martin Luther King for our Global Society" at 10 a.m. in MacVittie College Union Ballroom. His address is free and open to the public. That will be followed by five GOLD workshops and intergenerational service projects to assist home-bound senior citizens in Livingston County but registration is required. Visit the GOLD website for more details.

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

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