Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 16 is a national milestone that matters deeply to Queens College. On campus, we will observe this important occasion with our annual commemoration on Sunday, January 15 at Colden Auditorium, keynoted this year by distinguished NY1 anchor Cheryl Wills. We will honor the Reverend Dr. Floyd Flake, senior pastor of the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York and a former member of Congress for representing the spirit and ideals of Dr. King. The Dance Theatre of Harlem—the world's first permanent, professional, academy-rooted, predominantly black ballet troupe—will perform for the second year in a row.
This weekend, Rabbi Moshe Shur—adjunct Queens College professor, former director of the campus branch of Hillel, and a civil rights veteran who knew Dr. King—will be leading 18 QC undergraduates on a brief trip to Georgia and Alabama to visit places and people associated with Dr. King's work. Dr. King came to our College in 1966 to deliver the inaugural speech for the John F. Kennedy Memorial Lecture Series.
We take great pride in our long association with the civil rights movement, personified by Queens College student and Medal of Freedom honoree Andrew Goodman, murdered with James Chaney and Michael Schwerner on June 21, 1964 in Mississippi for their voter-registration work. The college's clock tower is named in their honor. Our renowned Civil Rights Archives was launched with papers and artifacts donated by alumni who participated in the movement.
Like the student group accompanying Rabbi Shur—and like the vision of Dr. King—our community is multiethnic, multifaith, and multicultural.
Let us all celebrate his legacy and continue to work together to bring his dream to reality.