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Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration

Geneseo's Commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr., is guided by the following understanding of King's life & legacy:

Martin Luther King, Jr., is the most visible leader of the modern Civil Rights Movement. He came to prominence during the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott after he was drafted as a reluctant leader. In the process, he began to develop the ideas of nonviolent resistance-- as tactic and philosophy--that are closely associated with him. An effective and charismatic speaker, King was skilled at reaching multiple audiences and drawing on and synthesizing ideas from multiple traditions.

Decades after his death, many of us are still moved by his words and vision. Unfortunately, however, our culture has done much to sanitize King. We have frozen him in 1963 giving his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. Learn more>>

Freedom Summer

Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration

2014 KEYNOTE

50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964:

Dorie Ladner, Charlie Cobb, and Charles McLaurin

Monday, April 21, at 7:30pm

College Union Ballroom

The keynote is open to the public.

For more information about Geneseo’s King Commemoration, contact Emilye Crosby.


As we approach the 50th Anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Mississippi Freedom Summer, we will be hosting a panel of activists Dorie Ladner, Charlie Cobb, and Charles McLaurin, who were all deeply involved in the Mississippi movement. All three were involved in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee or SNCC's voter registration work that laid the basis for the 1964 Freedom Summer Project. 

Martin Luther King, Jr., Commemoration Committee:

Catherine Adams
Sue Ann Brainard
Emilye Crosby
Cynthia Hawkins
Fatima Johnson
Susan Norman

This event is sponsored by:

Office of the Provost

The Africana/ Black Studies Program

The Xerox Center for Multicultural Teacher Education

The Office of Multicultural Programming and Services