UPDATE (5:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20): The MLK Jr. and Beyond Day of Celebration scheduled to take place Monday at Beverly J. Martin Elementary has been postponed. A new date has not been announced yet.

ITHACA, N.Y. – There are multiple opportunities to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this week in Ithaca. Events at Southside Community Center and Beverly J. Martin Elementary School will feature lectures, performances and workshops on the themes of racial and economic justice.

Lifelong’s 34th Annual MLK Jr. Luncheon

Lifelong will host their annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16 at Southside Community Center, 305 S. Plain St.

The keynote speaker at this year’s event is Dr. Baruch Whitehead, associate professor of music education at Ithaca College. Dr. Whitehead is the founding director of the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers and an expert on diversity in music education, gospel music, African music and the music of the Civil Rights Movement.

Advance registration for the luncheon costs $18 or tickets are available at the door for $20.

GIAC’s Annual MLK Jr. Breakfast

The Greater Ithaca Activities Center will host their annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day breakfast 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at Beverly J. Martin Elementary School, 302 W. Buffalo St.

Organizers chose a quote attributed to Dr. King for this year’s theme: “We need leaders not in love with money but in love with justice. Not in love with publicity but in love with humanity.”

Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick will be this year’s guest speaker, and the event will feature performances and presentations by GIAC participants and staff.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and $15 for families of four or more.

Multicultural Resource Center’s MLK Jr. and Beyond event

The Multicultural Resource Center has organized an event called “MLK Jr. and Beyond: Intersections of Creative Art & Social Transformation” for 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21 at Beverly J. Martin Elementary School.

The event’s theme “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,” according to a media release.

The event will begin with lunch in the BJM gym, followed by intergenerational creative circles organized around themes like Women of Color in the Movement, Malcolm X and MLK Jr., and Facing Race and Reparations in Tompkins County. Childcare will be available next door at GIAC during the workshops, with activities such as dance classes, step and jump rope workshops, and an MLK Jr. related movie planned for kids.

The event is free and open to all. It was organized in collaboration with several community organizations, including 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, as well as community volunteers.

Devon Magliozzi

Devon Magliozzi is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at dmagliozzi@ithacavoice.com or 607-391-0328.