Speeches, singing and cake will be among local highlights in the days ahead to commemorate the life and contributions of a civil rights leader.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be observed in Oneonta with a community celebration Sunday. On Monday, a luncheon program will be held at SUNY Oneonta, and SUNY Cobleskill will present displays and emphasize the role of volunteerism.
From 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, the Oneonta branch of the NAACP and the Oneonta Commission on Community Relations and Human Rights will honor the civil rights leader and commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. The program will be at the Elm Park United Methodist Church at 401 Chestnut St.
At noon Monday, “The Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.: Race, Labor, and Justice,’’ a luncheon with guest speaker Edison Bond will be at the State University College at Oneonta.
Bond, a leader of Brooklyn’s African-American faith-based community and state United University Professions membership development officer, will speak in Le Café of the Morris Complex, a media release said. UUP and the Africana-Latino Studies Department are sponsoring the free luncheon program, which is open to the college and local communities.
Bond’s presentation will include the current plight of the medical complex at Downstate SUNY Brooklyn that threatens the health and employment of many thousands of low-income people, as well as the future of SUNY, the release said.
Classes at the State University College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill begin Monday. At SUNY Cobleskill, commemorative displays and activities are planned to highlight King’s philosophy and legacy, Diane Dobry, director of communications, said Thursday. Students will be encouraged to engage in an act of volunteerism Monday to show the impact of service to others, she said, and an inscription wall and multimedia montage will be among displays.