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ITHACA, N.Y. — In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2016, a Community Luncheon and Dialogue will be held at Beverly J. Martin Elementary School on January 18, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM.

Beverly J. Martin Elementary School is located at 302 W. Buffalo Street, Ithaca, NY 14850, and the luncheon is free and open to the community.

The event features live music performances and a speech by Dr. Russell Rickford.

Dr. Rickford specializes in the black radical tradition and black political culture after WWII. A native of Guyana, Rickford holds a Bachelor’s from Howard University, a Master’s in African-American Studies from Columbia, and completed his doctorate at Columbia University in 2009.

He is the author of Betty Shabazz: Surviving Malcolm X, the only major biography of Malcolm’s late widow, and the co-author of Spoken Soul: The Story of Black English.

Dr. Rickford’s intellectual history of Pan Africanist schools from the 1960s to the present, We Are an African People: Independent Education, Black Power, and the Radical Imagination, will be released by Oxford University Press in January 2016.

A special presentation and dialogue – Boys to Men: the Next Generation of Manhood – will also be held at 11:00 AM in the Beverly J. Martin library. The young men’s group will share their experiences around their travels to the Million Man March.

The day is organized by the Greater Ithaca Activities Center; the Multicultural Resource Center; the Center for Transformative Action; the Cornell Public Service Center; the GreenStar Cooperative Market, Ithaca College’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, Campus Life at Cornell University; Ithaca College’s Center for Student Leadership and Involvement; and Cornell Cooperative Extension of TC and community members.

The Cornell Public Service Center is a service organization connecting Cornell students, faculty, and alumni with community organizations.

Featured photo courtesy of Ron Cogswell, of Flickr.

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Jolene Almendarez

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