Neha Marolia '18 works with Dottie Manes of Avon, N.Y., on a project during the 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Leadership and Service. /PHOTO BY KEITH WALTERS '11
The College will host the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Leadership and Service on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, with relevant addresses, workshops and activities that assist others in the community.
The program begins with a keynote address by Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Stacey Robertson, who will talk about “Using History to Make Slavery History.” Robertson is the recipient of many teaching awards and research fellowships and lectures nationally and internationally, with expertise in women’s studies and abolitionism. Robertson is the co-director of the national non-profit Historians Against Slavery.
The annual Day of Leadership and Service is an inter-generational and interfaith event with Geneseo students and area senior citizen volunteers who learn and work together on community outreach efforts. This year, that includes assembling hygiene kits for food pantries, creating fleece blankets for veterans and making greeting cards for migrant families and veterans.
Students will attend GOLD workshops, and at lunch, have the opportunity to hear from Lulu Westbrooks-Griffin, who will share her story as a young black girl arrested and imprisoned for protesting at a whites-only movie theatre in Georgia in 1963.