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College to Host Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on January 21


College to Host Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on January 21

The life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be honored during the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at St. John Fisher College on Monday, January 21, from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the Cleary Family Auditorium. This year’s theme will be “Allow Freedom to Ring for All God’s Children,” and The Hon. Stephen T. Miller, Rochester City Court Judge and Executive Pastor of the Church of Love Faith Center, Inc., will serve as the keynote speaker. The free celebration is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs, and is open to the public.

Miller was born and raised in Rochester, and earned a bachelor of arts in history and psychology from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, and a master’s degree in education from Nazareth College. He also pursued his Juris Doctorate from SUNY Buffalo Law School.  

He was elected to City Court Judge in November 2005, and is a member of the pastoral staff as well as a teacher at the Church of Love Faith Center.  He has also volunteered as a tutor with the “Lawyers for Learning” Program at Adlai E. Stevenson School #29. Miller is a member of the Rochester Black Bar Association, the Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission on Minorities, and the New York State Unified Court System. He has served on a variety of boards and committees over the years, including the YMCA of Greater Rochester.

In 2006, Miller was honored for his service by the Rochester Teen Court with the “Hero” award. That same year, he was recognized by Wilson Magnet High School as a Distinguished Wilson Alumnus for success in the Rochester community, and named one of Rochester’s “Emerging African American Leaders” by the Democrat and Chronicle. In 2007, he was honored by the Austin Steward Foundation for his service and commitment to the Rochester community.

During the celebration, Fisher student Shaquille Payne will recite original poetry, and student Candace Benjamin will perform interpretive dance numbers. In addition, Fisher students Mohammed Husain Bawany and Kaelen Austin will be named the 2012-2013 Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Undergraduate Diversity Scholars.

The College is also now accepting donations through January 21 for its annual Hospitality Kit Project, which will provide kits with toiletries to community partners including St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center, A Meal and More, Saint’s Place, Sojourner House, Foundations of Hope Ministries, Mary’s Place, and Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network. Donations can be dropped off at the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs in Basil 117.

A shuttle service will be provided between the Park and Ride lot on Fairport Road and Kearney Hall. The program will be interpreted for the hearing impaired and the facility is wheelchair-accessible.

For more information about the celebration, please contact Yantee Slobert, Director of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs, at 585-385-8423.


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