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Cayuga CC Invites Public to Discuss M. L. King Legacy on February 11

DATE: 01-18-2011

Martin Luther King Jr. Day, while celebrated this year on January 17, will have a return engagement at Cayuga Community College during February.

To attract greater participation, the college library will host a special Community Conversation about the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on February 11, during Black History Month. Campus traffic is low in January, with most Intersession classes held online or overseas.

The event, sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities, is one of many Community Conversations taking place statewide. Each brings together members of the community for a short reading followed by group discussion. Together, participants explore the impact of the selected subject on today's lives and communities.

This year's reading will be an excerpt from the 1968 speech, "The Drum Major Instinct," in which King asks to be remembered as one who "tried to give his life serving others." Follow-up questions will invite participants to reflect on King's legacy of service and its effect on American lives and democracy. Norman Lee, director of student activities at the college, will moderate the discussion.

The event is free and open to the public, and starts at 11:00 a.m. in the Norman F. Bourke Memorial Library on the Auburn campus of Cayuga Community College. Further information is available from the library at 315-255-1743, extension 2299.