Events ahead to honor Rev. Martin Luther King

Events ahead to honor Rev. Martin Luther King

A series of events are planned to celebrate the life and legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King, who was born on January 15, 1929. Here are some of them:

SKENECTADY – Author and professor Michael Eric Dyson will give a talk commemorating the civil rights leader at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at Nott Memorial, Union College. The topic is “Dr. The King’s Dream: How Do We Get There?”

His latest book, Entertaining Race: Black Performance in America, celebrates the extraordinary influence of African American culture and politics in this country.

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Dyson is the Centennial Chair at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., where he is Distinguished University Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences and University Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Society in the Divinity School. The talk is free and open to the public.

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Program: Pathways to Change

SCHENECTADY – The Schenectady County Human Rights Commission’s annual King’s Birthday commemoration is 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, at

The celebration is a virtual event with keynote speaker Dr. Craig S. Andrade, associate dean for practice and director of the Activist Lab at Boston University School of Public Health.

The theme is “Pathways to Change”, with a focus on health care as a human right. The program will also include spoken words by artists Freedom McBride and Paulette Lunn, a video presentation, a conversation between Dr. Andrade and event emcee Camerine Robinson, and presentations by local elected officials and community leaders, including Rep. Paul Tonko and Schenectady County. Lawmaker and Human Rights Commissioner Philip Fields.

Interfaith memorial service

ALBANIA — The annual interfaith memorial service of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, January 15, at Macedonia Baptist Church in Albany

It is a program of praise, worship and song, celebrating the life and legacy of King. The guest speaker will be the Reverend Jamel Robinson, pastor of the Church of Mt. Zion in Albany.

This program begins the 51st year of a fundraising effort by the Interfaith Scholarship Committee of the Capital Area Council of Churches for scholarships for Capital Region high school seniors, regardless of faith, race or gender, who demonstrate through written essays their understanding of dr. King’s legacy of the nonviolent human rights movement expressed in his life and teachings.

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