-- Distinguished NY1 Anchor Cheryl Wills Will Offer Keynote Address;
The Revered Floyd H. Flake Named as This Year’s Honoree --
Flushing, NY, January 11, 2017— The third annual Queens College Martin Luther King, Jr. Day commemoration on Sunday, January 15, will mark the return of Dance Theatre of Harlem to the Colden Auditorium stage. Award-winning reporter and distinguished NY1 anchor Cheryl Wills will be keynote speaker for the event, which will recognize the Reverend Dr. Floyd H. Flake, senior pastor of the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York, for representing the spirit and ideals of Dr. King.
The keynote speaker and honoree for the January 15 commemoration were chosen by a steering committee composed of distinguished representatives from Queens College, Queens Public Library, the New York Mets, Langston Hughes Library, the New York City Parks Department, Resorts World Casino, the New York Daily News, the NAACP, Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College, the United States Tennis Association (USTA), and Madison House/Goldenvoice. Dennis M. Walcott, Queens Library president and chief executive officer, and Haeda Mihaltses, New York Mets executive director of external affairs, chaired the committee.
Queens College has long played a role in the struggle for equal rights. In May 1965, Dr. King was the first speaker in the college’s John F. Kennedy Memorial Lecture Series, highlighting the power of peaceful resistance in his remarks. “Nonviolence,” Dr. King said, “is the most potent weapon available to oppressed people in their struggle for freedom and human dignity.” A year earlier, Queens College student Andrew Goodman was murdered along with James Chaney and Michael Schwerner during the Freedom Summer voter registration project in Mississippi. The college’s Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library clock tower is named for the three civil rights workers. In past years, the college has honored civil rights pioneers such as Aaron Henry, who received the Queens College Medal in 1990, and John Lewis, who received an honorary degree in 2009.
Tickets for the 4 pm performance in Colden Auditorium are $35 apiece, available for purchase here. The show is sponsored by New York Community Bank – Kufperberg Center’s season sponsor – and Resorts World.
About Dance Theatre of Harlem
The Dance Theatre of Harlem is known for giving thrilling performances that challenge preconceived notions. The racially diverse company consists of 14 dance artists who perform an eclectic, demanding repertoire. From treasured classics, as well as neoclassical works by George Balanchine and resident choreographer Robert Garland, to cutting-edge contemporary pieces and works that use the language of ballet to celebrate African American culture, the company brings new life to classical dance. In addition to performances in New York City, across the country, and abroad, Dance Theatre of Harlem engages communities through education activities for audiences and young people, sharing a message of empowerment through the arts.
About Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College
The Kupferberg Presents 2016–2017 Season, sponsored by New York Community Bank, features a vibrant lineup of world-class cultural events, concerts, and family programs at Colden Auditorium, LeFrak Concert Hall, Goldstein Theatre, and select off-campus locations for the 2.2 million residents of New York City’s most diverse borough. Since 1961, Kupferberg Center for the Arts has provided accessible and affordable premium cultural entertainment to the New York City region. From classical and pop performances, to concerts and in-school residencies, to a wide range of family offerings, Kupferberg Center events are enjoyed by over 350,000 individuals each year. For tickets and information, visit www.kupferbergcenter.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.