Fisher Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr.
On Monday, January 16, St. John Fisher College hosted its annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. The theme of this year's event was "Unconditional Love For All,” and the event was attended by 250 students, faculty, staff, and members of the community.
The keynote speaker was The Reverend Harvey Clemons, Jr. of Pleasant Hill Ministries in Houston, Texas. A native of Houston, Clemons attended the University of Houston-School of Architecture. And today, he is instrumental in the comprehensive neighborhood revitalization movement of Houston’s Fifth Ward, serving as Chairman of the Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation from 1989-2009. Additionally, he is the President of Pleasant Hill Community Development Corporation.
Rev. Harvey Clemons, Jr.
His accomplishments include the construction of over 200 single-family homes, construction and acquisition of over 2,300 multi-family housing units, and thousands of square feet of commercial space. Clemons has studied in England at Oxford University, and was a contributing author of “The African-American Devotional Bible and Oxford Sermons.” He is currently chair of The Houston Coalition for Immigration Reform.
The celebration also included a dance performance by Fisher students Antoinette Poole, Ashley Ortiz, and Shannae King. Additionally, recent graduate Shana King and local poet Keith Harris read some of their original poetry.
As part of the celebration, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs held another hospitality kit drive. Donations of personal hygiene items from the campus community, the larger Rochester community, and Wegmans poured in, and volunteers prepared the kits throughout the day on Monday. A total of 555 kits were prepared, beating last year’s total by 83! The kits will be delivered to local organizations including St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center, A Meal and More, Saint’s Place, Sojourner House, and Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network.
For more information, contact Yantee Slobert in the Office of Multicultural affairs and Diversity Programs at 385-8423 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Bain welcomes the crowd.
Shana King, a recent Fisher graduate, recites original poetry.
Students Antoinette Poole, Ashley Ortiz, and Shannae King perform.