What began as a small gathering of students and faculty has now turned into one of the longest running events commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. in Rochester. Expressions on King’s Legacy has just recently turned 35 years. Nowadays the daylong, free event brings in more than 2,000 people together to remember the life and legacy of one of the most inspiring activists the world has ever seen. Initially, the event was organized by the Black Awareness Coordinating Committee partnered by the Commission for Promoting Pluralism, but in 2012 it was moved under the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, making it “the longest standing diversity program at RIT.” It is also co- sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts’ philosophy, English, communication, sociology and anthropology departments; National Technical Institute for the Deaf and the NTID Department of Cultural and Creative Studies; and the ALANA Collegiate Association.
Speakers such as Cornel West (pictured left), Andrew Young, Soledad O’Brien, and this years’ Fredericka Whitfield (pictured right) have set the stage to address topics about success, race relations, inequality; conversations that are difficult yet necessary to foster growth in the community. The event has also featured entertainment from performers such as The Fisk Jubilee Singers, Rochester’s Garth Fagan Dance Company, NTID Drama Club, renowned poets, opera singer and many more talented groups.
Head over to the Expressions of King's Legacy website for more pictures and information on how you can attend next year if you missed out. Also, don’t forget February is Black History month and RIT has multiple events dedicated to kick off the celebration with food, music, dance, discussion panels and more!