St. John Fisher College to Host Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on January 16
The life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be celebrated with a special event at St. John Fisher College on Monday, January 16, from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the Cleary Family Auditorium. The theme of this year’s event is “Unconditional Love for All.” The Reverend Harvey Clemons, Jr. of Pleasant Hill Ministries in Houston, Texas, will serve as the keynote speaker.
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.
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 also currently chair of The Houston Coalition for Immigration Reform.
The celebration will also include a dance performance by Fisher students Antoinette Poole, Ashley Ortiz, and Shannae King, and poetry readings by Shana King and Keith Harris. In addition, Fisher students Latasha Hill and Quintell White will be named the 2011-2012 Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Undergraduate Diversity Scholars.
The College will provide a shuttle service between the Park and Ride lot on Fairport Road and Kearney Hall. The program will be interpreted for the hearing impaired and the facility is wheelchair-accessible.
The celebration is free and open to the public. For more information about the celebration, please contact Yantee Slobert, Director of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs, at 585-385-8423.