MCCC plans MLK celebration

The Diversity Committee at MCCC is planning a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration for Jan. 18, 2010.

Members of the MLK Day subcommittee include Molly McCutcheon, Tiffany Wright, Khadija Ahmed, Tom Ryder and Sandy Kosmyna. 

This is the first year the college will be having daytime activities to celebrate Martin Luther King Day. The annual evening activity, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration VI, will also take place.

McCutcheon said it is a production put on by members of the community at the Meyer Theater. It will feature performances by soloists, choir, orchestra, and other instrumentals. Sponsors of the event are Green Grower Group 4-H Club, Monroe County Library System, Arthur Lesow Community Center, City of Hope Community Development Corporation, and Monroe County Community College.

Students, faculty, staff and the community are encouraged to attend and participate in the MLK Day events.

The committee’s goal is to encourage students and employees to give back to the community. Volunteer opportunities will be available at the service volunteer fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 18.

The committee is asking community agencies to send representatives to the service fair to provide volunteer information. 

Activities for this celebration will be held at both the main campus in the Administration Building Cafeteria and the Whitman Center Atrium.  

Other plans include a viewing of a short film about the civil rights movement. A discussion will be held afterward by a guest speaker. The committee is hoping to have Congressman John Conyers lead the discussion. 

Participants will be able to find displays of information about diversity at the diversity fair. To show unity, people will be able to label a hand to contribute to a hand-in-hand display.

The committee is encouraging student clubs to come to the celebration to tell students what their club does to promote diversity. 

A performance by blues singer and musician, Paul Miles, is also scheduled. 

“Martin Luther King’s legacy is about service to others.  I want our students to engage in volunteer opportunities, clubs, and diversity initiatives.  These experiences can enhance their resumes and career prospects,” said Sandy Kosmyna, director of Whitman Center.

More information will be provided about the celebration as the event approaches.