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Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Service

Monday, January 20 at 10am
Smith Opera House
MLK Committee

Celebrate the life and lessons of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr at the Smith. A special memorial service following the advice, “Speak up, because it matters,” will be held in his honor.

The service begins at 10am and will last for approximately 2 hours.

This free community event features performances by the MLK choir under the direction of Ms. Patrisha Blue as well as the Geneva High School choir. A keynote address will be given by Rev. Dr. William Huston Wilkinson of the First Presbyterian Church in Medina, NY. To accompany the service leaders from local churches will read scripture.

Post ceremony, hors d’oeuvres will be provided in the Smith lobby as well as a luncheon at Geneva’s First United Methodist Church.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Dr MLK Jr


For details call Don Golden, president of the MLK Committee, at 315-521-5151

Rev. Dr. William Huston Wilkinson

Raised in Boston, MA, Rev. Dr. Wilkinson began the practice of community partnership facilitation in the 1960’s New England peace movement. Under the training and supervision of the American Friends Service Committee, Cambridge, MA, Rev. Wilkinson served as a draft counselor in Roxbury, MA, during the Vietnam War era of the mid-1960’s. In conjunction, he was part of the push for the first African American Studies Program in the United States, as well as the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he served as a counselor in its affirmative action program for African American students.

In the growth and building of the national movement for African American Studies, Rev. Dr. Wilkinson went on to serve as the Chairperson (Acting) of the Black Studies Program, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, with appointments in the Sociology and Counseling Departments. A Milbank Memorial Fellow in clinical epidemiology, 1983-1988, he continued his engagement in social change as a member of the British Delegation to the 1985 Conference of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), an organization which became a recipient of the 1985 Nobel Prize for Peace.

Active with Rochester ACTS, an affiliate of the Chicago-based Gameliel Foundation, the United Christian Leadership Ministries of Western New York, Rev. Dr. Wilkinson served as the President of the Greater Rochester (NY) Community of Churches/Faith in Action Network 203-2016. A recipient of the Ecumenism Award (2018) from the New York State Council of Churches, Rev. Dr. Wilkinson now serves on their Board.

Rev. Dr. William Huston Wilkinson is now a Teaching Elder and Pastor at The First Presbyterian  Church in Medina, New York.