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Press Release 2019 MLK Day Event

2019 MLK Jr. and Beyond-

Intersections of Creative Art & Social Transformation

The problems of racial injustice and economic injustice cannot be solved without a radical redistribution of political and economic power.

-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

We are excited to invite you to attend the free 2019 MLK Day of Celebration on Monday, January 21st, 2019 at Beverly J. Martin Elementary’s Gym. Our theme for 2019, “MLK Jr. & BEYOND: Intersections of Creative Art & Social Transformation,” invokes the revolutionary spirit embodied by Martin Luther King Jr. alongside a collective leadership for which he and many others were harassed, criminalized, and assassinated.

The theme for 2019 encourages us to engage with the legacy of MLK Jr. and countless liberation fighters  by enacting personal and collective resistance and transformation through creative expression. We will continue our expanded program after lunch offering intergenerational workshops and associated kidscare and activities.

Celebration Schedule:

  • 11:30am - Lunch and performances at Beverly J. Martin Elementary (BJM) gym

  • 1:00 - 2:00pm - Intergenerational workshops (BJM), associated kids care & activities (GIAC)

  • 2:00 - 3:00pm - Community Ice Cream & Closing!

Attendees can choose from ten interactive creative circles, each of which will engage participants from different topic areas and backgrounds so that in the process we’re exploring creative action. Creative circles, for example, will include topics such as Women of Color in the Movement Past & Present; Malcolm X & MLK Jr.; and Facing Race & Reparations in Tompkins County, to name a few. We will also offer creative circles that engage participants in a Community Art Build and offer a designated Healing Space to breathe!

In addition to offering intergenerational creative circles, we will offer kidscare for ages 2-4 and younger participants 5 and up can choose from several youth activities which will be held at the adjacent Greater Ithaca Activities Center, adjacent to Beverly J. Martin Elementary.  Youth activities include: Dance, step and jump rope workshop, MLK Jr.-related movie and program,  and arts & craft activities.

Attendees should enter the BJM gym through the Albany St. entrance.  Handicap accessible entrance is located on the Buffalo Rd. side of the school.

To volunteer, collaborate or donate, contact Elan Shapiro at or leave a message at the Multicultural Resource Center at (607) 279-8157.

This day is organized in solidarity thanks to:  the Multicultural Resource Center, Alliance of Families for Justice, For Brown Bleeders, Greater Ithaca Activities Center, Showing Up for Racial Justice, Center for Transformative Action, Cornell Public Service Center, GreenStar Cooperative Market, Ithaca College's Center for IDEAS and Center for Student Leadership & Involvement, and community volunteers.

Earlier Event: November 28
Portals to Justice
Later Event: January 24
NLI event: Women & Elected Leadership