“Keeping the Dream Alive” is the theme of activities today and Wednesday in Oneonta in honor of the 50th anniversary of the civil rights march in Washington, D.C.
At 6:30 tonight, a “March on Main Street” is planned between Chestnut Street and Ford Avenue, organizers said, and that section of Main Street will be closed from 6 to 7 p.m. Marchers will meet on Water Street by 6:15 p.m.
The paraders will turn on to Ford Avenue, where activities will continue with an interfaith service at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 12 Ford Ave.
At the service, Reginald Brunson will recite Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
On Wednesday, events are planned throughout the day at the State University at Oneonta campus, including a 3 p.m. Screening of “Brother Outsider,” a film based on civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, in the Red Dragon Theater.
At 8 p.m. “Keeping the Dream Alive,” a panel presentation will be in the Center for Multicultural Events. Panelists will be Ibram Kendi addressing “Redefining Racism and Racial Profiling, Elliot Ruggles and Michelle Osterhoudt on bullying, Robert Compton on voter legislation, and Essie Harding, speaking on hate crimes. At 9 p.m., the “I Have a Dream” speech presented by David Mills.
The Milne Library has a continuing exhibition.
Partnering for these events are the City Commission on Community Relations and Human Rights, SUNY Oneonta, Oneonta NAACP, Job Corps and the Oneonta Interfaith Committee.