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ITHACA, N.Y. –– “We proclaim our devotion to democracy, but we sadly practice the very opposite of the democratic creed.” This quote from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s book Strength to Love inspires this year’s theme for the annual Greater Ithaca Activities Center’s annual MLK Jr. commemorative breakfast which is “Facing the Divide.”

The community breakfast will be held virtually this year  on Saturday, January 16 at 9 a.m.. Although this event will be online, it will not lack any of the usual fire power and movement-building that it is known for. We are thankful to the Tompkins Trust Company for being our event sponsor this year, which allows GIAC to bring in a dynamic, talented, rising star as our keynote presenter, Leah Wright Rigueur, Ph.D.

Dr. Rigueur is an Associate Professor of American History at Brandeis University and former Associate Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. She is author of the award-winning book, The Loneliness of the Black Republican: Pragmatic Politics and the Pursuit of Powerand is currently working on a book manuscript, Mourning in America: Black Men and Women in a White House. At both the Harvard Kennedy School and Brandeis University,

Dr. Rigueur leads the Race and American Politics initiative, a multidisciplinary series of seminars and roundtables addressing the most pressing issues in race and American politics. Dr. Rigueur is an ABC News Contributor, most recently seen covering the Georgia Senate Runoff election on January 5.

So GIAC invites you to bring your own breakfast (BYOB), and join GIAC for its annual event to remember and honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. To register fill out the Google form here. If you have any questions please call us at 607-272-3622.

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