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Alfred University plans week of events honoring Martin Luther King’s legacy

Alfred University has scheduled a week of events in honor of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. MLK Week 2020 begins on Monday, Jan. 20 – observed as Martin Luther King Jr. Day – and culminates with a community dinner with keynote speaker on Sunday, Jan. 26.


ALFRED, NY – Alfred University has scheduled a week of events in honor of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. MLK Week 2020 begins on Monday, Jan. 20 – observed as Martin Luther King Jr. Day – and culminates with a community dinner with keynote speaker on Sunday, Jan. 26.

The activities will begin on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 20, with a Day of Service in keeping with Dr. King’s message that “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are we doing for others?”

To participate in the Day of Service, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Powell Campus Center, contact Brian Saltsman, director of student diversity and inclusion at Alfred University at saltsman@alfred.edu. The Day of Service is sponsored by the Gary Horowitz Service Learning Program, the Institute for Cultural Unity, and the Center for Student Involvement.

The MLK Community Dinner and Keynote Presentation is set for Sunday, Jan. 26, from 6-9 p.m. in the Knight Club, Powell Campus Center. The keynote speaker for the dinner will be Saltsman. Anyone wishing to attend the dinner and presentation by Saltsman can RSVP here.

The University has scheduled a number of other events during the week preceding the MLK Community Dinner.

The Sustained Dialogues Institute will host an informational session from 5-6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, in Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center. The event is sponsored by the Institute for Cultural Unity and Common Ground.

A “Movie for Unity” – Booker’s Place – will be screened at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, in Nevins Theater. The film showing is sponsored by the Institute for Cultural Unity

A “Community Building and Mental Health Awareness” will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at the Moskowitz-Tefft Link.

Artwork created during a months-long project by Alfred University’s Art Force 5 honoring important figures in the women’s rights movement is the subject of a one-day exhibition that opened today at the Rochester Museum of Play.

Art Force 5 is a program at Alfred University that uses community-based art to inspire discussion on topics of equality and social justice. In recognition of this year’s 100th anniversary celebration of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, Art Force 5 has been going to various communities, hosting events in which the public is invited to paint tiles used to create mosaics honoring women’s rights icons.

Five mosaics were created outside various National Football League stadiums at games during the 2019 season and a sixth was created at a two-day workshop at Keene Central School in the Adirondacks. A seventh, depicting the late Coretta Scott King, widow of Martin Luther King, is being created today at the Rochester Museum of Play. Art Force 5 plans to create an eighth mosaic as part of upcoming Super Bowl festivities in Miami.

An opening reception for the exhibition at Rochester Museum of Play was held Sunday evening. Both WROC television station in Rochester and the Rochester Spectrum News affiliate covered the event.