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ITHACA, N.Y. — Community members are invited to attend the free, newly expanded 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration on Monday, January 15, 2018 at Beverly J. Martin Elementary’s gym. The event is open to all community members and includes activities for youth and adults. This year’s focus is Solidarity in Action with learning-and-action-oriented circles and varied youth activities after lunch. We will also be highlighting the National Poor People’s Campaign, which MLK, Jr. started 50 years ago, a multiracial coalition to address economic injustice in America. The newly revived campaign emphasizes the need for people from different constituencies to join joining forces to actively challenge systemic poverty, racism, militarism, and environmental destruction.

Celebration Schedule:

11:30 am – 12:30 pm Lunch, presentations, and performances at Beverly J. Martin Elementary (BJM) gym

12:30 – 2:30 pm Action Circles (BJM Classrooms)

12:30 – 2:30 pm Youth activities and childcare at adjacent Greater Ithaca Activities Center

2:30 – 3:00 pm Wrap-up and special desserts

Attendees can choose from nine “learning and action” circles, each of which will engage facilitators and participants from different issue areas and backgrounds in exploring ways to build community solidarity. Each circle will also work to come up with action steps that can be built upon in the common months and linked to the Poor People’s Campaign. Action circles, for example, will link groups and issues regarding Affordable Housing and Accessible Transportation; Black Lives Matter and Immigrant Rights; and Community LEAD diversion program and Youth Organizing.

While adults participate in the circles, youth can choose from several activities held at the adjacent Greater Ithaca Activities Center. Youth activities include:

Dance and jump rope workshop

MLK Jr. related movie and program

List of other youth activities

Attendees should enter the BJM gym through the Albany St entrance. Disability 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, Greater Ithaca Activities Center, Center for Transformative Action, Cornell Public Service Center, GreenStar Cooperative Market, Ithaca College’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, Campus Life at Cornell University, Ithaca College’s Center for Student Leadership ​& Involvement, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County​,​ ​& ​community ​volunteers.

Image provided; illustration by Luís Alves.

Jacob Mroczek

Jacob is a videographer & digital media contributor for The Ithaca Voice.