Posts Tagged ‘Black History Month’

Martin Luther King III Inspires SUNY Canton

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Global change starts at a local and personal level, according to Martin Luther King III.

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a first step,” King said to the collected SUNY Canton audience. “We can be part of the change or we can choose not to be a part of it.”

Dr. Kennedy, Jennifer Bernadotte, and Martin Luther King III

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy, Student Cooperative Alliance President Jennifer P. Bernadotte, and Martin Luther King III prepare for a dinner together at SUNY Canton. King met with student and College officials before his public presentation.

King, the eldest son of famed civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., was the featured speaker for Black History Month at the College. His inspirational speech advocated education, affordable health care, and high qualities of life while encouraging a modest lifestyle in order to obtain personal satisfaction. “We spend our time learning how to make a living, but if we spent our time making a life we would have no trouble making a living,” he said.

He mentioned his father’s vision and referenced the famed “I have a dream” speech delivered August 28, 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. According to King, there are three evils that the nation must overcome: poverty, racism, and militarism. He said despite tremendous strides, that his father’s vision and his dream had not yet been fulfilled.

His lecture resonated with college students and the greater community alike. Student Cooperative Alliance President Jennifer P. Bernadotte said that hearing King speak profoundly impacted her view on her personal life. “He encouraged me to stride for more accomplishments in my own life, to be my best.” she said. “It was the experience of a lifetime.”

King also advocated social involvement and support for global efforts, including relief for Haiti. “I don’t know that we’ve seen a tragedy in this hemisphere quite like the one in Haiti,” he said. “Yet somehow you see Haitian people overcoming these incredible odds. It is amazing to see these people, who basically have nothing, and yet somehow are so thankful that they were somehow spared even though they have to start all over again. It should really be an inspiration to all of us.”

Martin Luther King III speaks to an audience at Chaney Dining Hall

As the founding president and chief executive officer of Realizing the Dream, Inc., King strives to continue the work started by his parents. His presentation at SUNY Canton was an outreach effort to continue his family’s legacy and vision.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

Martin Luther King III to Continue the Dream at SUNY Canton, Feb. 23rd

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Martin Luther King IIIThe eldest son of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. will be continuing his father’s dream by advocating social justice and equity at SUNY Canton.

Martin Luther King III is scheduled to speak at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, in SUNY Canton’s Chaney Dining Center. This event is free and open to the public.

“In this day and age, we’ve broken many of the barriers that divided previous generations, but we still have a long way to go,” said Student Activities and College Association Executive Director Michael J. Perry, who helped orchestrate the event. “At every juncture there is an opportunity for social change and another opportunity to make the King family’s dream a reality.”

Much like his father, King is a human rights advocate, community activist, and a political leader. He has been actively involved in significant policy initiatives to maintain the fair and equitable treatment in the United States and abroad. His messages and initiatives all support nonviolent conflict resolution.

“My father’s dream is a profound, eloquent and unequivocal expression of a world where the dignity and worth of all human personality are its ideals,” King said in a speech special to The Washington Times on the day of U.S. President Barack Obama’s inauguration. “It is a dream of a nation where men of all races, colors and creeds ‘live together as brothers’ he added, ‘or perish as fools.’”

In 1986, Mr. King was elected to political office as an at-large representative of over 700,000 residents of Fulton County, Georgia. King is CEO and President of the King Center. He serves as the founding president and chief executive officer of Realizing the Dream, Inc. a national nonprofit organization with an international vision to carry on the important work embodied in the legacies of his parents. Through Realizing the Dream, Mr. King has launched Poverty in America, a national initiative rooted in the legacy of his father’s Poor People’s Campaign.

King’s presentation will be a part of the College’s celebration of Black History Month. To keep up with all of the latest student activities, visit For more information, contact the Student Activities Office at 315.386.7315 or email

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.