BINGHAMTON, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Mayor Matt Ryan will join fellow officials and community members to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at two events. This year’s MLK Day is Monday, January 18th.
“Dr. King showed the power of non-violence in promoting peace, justice and human rights for all people,” said Mayor Ryan. “We’ve made great strides toward realizing his dream in our community, across our country and around the world—but we still have a lot of work to do. On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we not only celebrate his remarkable legacy, but also renew our commitment to fulfilling that dream. I encourage residents to join us for Monday’s events.”
From 12:00—4:00pm in City Hall’s 2nd Floor Plaza Gallery, the NAACP of Broome & Tioga Counties will host a program of speeches, dance and musical performances. The theme is “Remembering the Past, Acknowledging the Present, Enlightening the Future.” Participants will include faith-based organizations, students from the Binghamton City School District and elected officials. The keynote speaker will be Khalid Bey, author of Key 2 Character, The African American Dilemma and His-Story/My-Story.
Doors will open at 11:45am. Parking in the City’s ramps will be free with a validation stamp, which will be available in the Gallery. The City’s three parking ramps are located on Collier, State and Water Streets.
The evening program will begin at 6:00pm with a march from the MLK Promenade (at the Water/Henry Street intersection) to the First Congregational Church (at the Main/Front Street intersection). The march will be followed by remarks by special guests, including keynote speaker Reverend Cornelius Clarke of the NAACP of Albany.
Both programs are free of charge. For more information on the day program, call Billie Anderson at 221-3696. For more information on the evening program, call Camille Jones at 786-5449.