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New York State
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Holiday Memorial Observance

Monday, January 20, 2014
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Doors open at 9:00 AM
Convention Center
Empire State Plaza

Free and Open to the Public

 

National Theme – Remember! Celebrate! Act!
29th Anniversary of the Federal Holiday

2014 Performance Lineup

In 1958, Dr. King outlined his vision of nonviolence in his memoir on the Montgomery bus boycott, Stride Toward Freedom. The book is a “chronicle of 50,000 Negroes who took to heart the principles of nonviolence and learned to fight for their rights with the weapons of love, and while in the process, acquired a new estimate of their own human worth”. Within the pages of this important text, Dr. King tells the story of the movement, his own personal journey; and offers six principles of nonviolence.

This year’s program will be focusing on these principles as expressed and learned through Dr. King’s enduring message.

Principle 1
Kingian Nonviolence is Not for Cowards
Principle 2
The Beloved Community is a World of Peace with Justice
Principle 3
Attack Injustice, Not Persons Doing Unjust Deeds
Principle 4
Accept Suffering without Retaliation for the Sake of the Cause to Achieve a Goal
Principle 5
Avoid Internal Violence of the Spirit as Well as External Physical Violence
Principle 6
The Universe is on the Side of Justice
 

Master of Ceremonies
Reverend Leonard D. Comithier, Jr.
Macedonia Baptist Church, Albany, NY

Musical Presentation:      Capital District Community Voices of Praise

Posting of the Colors:      Albany Community Charter School Kings and
                                     Queens Drill Team

National Anthem:            Troy Children’s Chorus

Invocation:                      Rabbi Moshe E. Bomzer, Vaad Hakashruth of
                                     the Capital District

Instrumental Selection:    “Precious Lord”
                                     Jeff Nania, Saxophonist with Liturgical
                                     Dancer Lucille Taylor


NEW YORK STATE CALL TO COMMEMORATION
Executive Chamber
Alphonso B. David, Deputy Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of the Governor


REMEMBERING NELSON MANDELA: FREEDOM FIGHTER
Penelope Andrews, President and Dean, Albany Law School, Albany, NY


A MESSAGE OF ACTION
Emcee – Benita Zahn, News Anchor, WNYT-TV 13

Musical Presentation:        “Greatest Love of All” Arielle King, Sophomore,
                                       Albany High School

Dramatic Presentation:      “Mr. President” Elgin Joseph Taylor II, fourth
                                       grade, Brighter Choice Charter School for Boys,
                                       Albany, NY

Musical Presentation:        “Gray” and “Live Free/Hey” Gedeon Luke,
                                       Post Modern Soul Music, National Recording
                                       Artist, “American Idol” Season 5 Semi-Finalist


A MESSAGE OF EQUALITY
Emcee - Yolanda Vega, New York Lottery

Instrumental Presentation: “Come Sunday” Duke Ellington’s Black, Brown,
                                       Beige Jazz Symphony Amber McKay, Junior,
                                       Shaker High School

Dramatic Presentation:      “If Dr. King Were Alive Today”
                                       Capital Region Freedom Fighters, Fredrick
                                       Douglass and Sojourner Truth, Donald Hyman
                                       Productions

Musical Presentation:        “To Dream the Impossible Dream”
                                       Shaun Mykals, National R&B Recording Artist


A MESSAGE OF HOPE
Emcee - JoDee Kenney, News Anchor, Time Warner Cable News

Dance Presentation:         Sankofa African Dance and Drum Ensemble,
                                      State University of New York (SUNY) – The
                                      College at Brockport, Clyde Alafiju Morgan,
                                      Associate Professor/Artistic Director & Khalid
                                      Abdul N’Faly Saleem, Musical Director.

                                      Introduced by Mr. Curtis L. Lloyd, Vice
                                      Chancellor for Human Resources, SUNY
                                      System Administration


KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Reverend Nicholas Stuart Richards

Assistant Minister of Global Outreach,
Abyssinian Baptist Church, New York
&
Executive Secretary
Foreign Mission Board of the National Baptist Convention USA


A MESSAGE OF UNITY
Emcee - Reverend Dr. Edward B. Smart,
First Israel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Albany, NY

Musical Presentation:      Happy Birthday Dr. King!
                                     
(Community sing-a-long)

Musical Presentation:      Capital District Community Voices of Praise,
                                      featuring Geneatha Wright, National Gospel
                                      Recording Artist


CLOSING
Anthem of the Movement “We Shall Overcome”

Benediction:                    Reverend Mariana Rodriguez, First United
                                      Methodist Church, Rensselaer, NY
 

Please join the “Beloved Community March” and Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the Lincoln Park King Memorial immediately following the program.

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