RENSSELAER | St. Joseph’s College and surrounding communities will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy Monday with a series of events, beginning with the annual Diversity March through Rensselaer. All are welcome to participate free of charge.
This year’s speaker is Will Allen, founder and CEO of Growing Power. Based in Milwaukee, Wisc., Growing Power transforms communities through the development of Community Food Systems providing high quality, healthy, affordable food.
Allen is widely considered the leading authority in the expanding field of urban agriculture. Using methods he has developed over a lifetime, he trains community members to become community farmers, assuring them a secure source of good food without regard to political or economic forces.
He is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative and, in 2010, was invited to join First Lady Michelle Obama in launching “Let’s Move!,” her signature leadership program to reverse the epidemic of childhood obesity in America.
The program will kick off at noon with participants bused from the Rev. Charles Banet, C.PP.S. Core Education Center on campus to the Jasper County Courthouse. At 12:20 p.m., the Diversity March from the courthouse back to campus will begin, ending at the Banet center, where Allen’s speech will be presented in Shen Auditorium at 1.
There will also be a musical performance by international gospel jazz guitarist Roland Gresham of Athens, Ga. Those in attendance will have a chance to win an iPad 2. A breakout session with Allen will be held at 3.
Recognition will be given to the winners of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Contest, for which entries were solicited from area schools and SJC.
Two SJC community members will be recognized as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Honorees, individuals whose service to the college reflects the values exemplified by King.