On Monday, January 15th, Americans will be remembering and honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. This day celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America. He taught values such as courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service, and did this through his own example. Each year, the city of Rochester offers many events to celebrate MLK, and there are activities for all ages to participate in and enjoy while honoring him and his legacy.
As one of the most popular and well-known memorials to MLK in Rochester, this is a place for all. On Monday specifically, the park holds a “Skate to Commemorate,” which is an open skating get-together to honor MLK and enjoy the day with family and friends. At 353 Court St., the rink will be p[en for ice skating 12:00pm-1:30pm, 1:50pm-3:10pm, and 3:40-5:10pm. The admission fee is $2, and for those without ice skates, you can rent right at the location for only $3 (make sure to arrive 20 minutes early as skates are limited). The admission fee, however, will be waived with a donation of two non-perishable hygiene, cleaning or household items. Also, from 12:00 pm until 5:00 pm, Youth Voice, One Vision: The Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council and Rec on the Move will be offering fun activities for young kids as well as serving hot chocolate and other refreshments at the rink.
Rochester Regional Health
The first event that RRH will be holding will be in Twig Auditorium at 9:30 am, and the second event will be held at St. Mary’s Campus in the East/West Auditorium at 11:30 am. Dr. Robert Henderson, the principal consultant of Henderson Consulting Group, Inc., and former federal commissioner for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday Commission will be the guest speaker at both events.
Held at the Eastman theatre, there will be a free community-wide celebration, “Pick Your Protest,” featuring keynote speaker Congressman Hakeem Jeffries. The celebration will begin at 9:00 am.
South Avenue R-Center
Temporarily located at 68 Ashland St., the South Avenue R-Center will be holding a black history trivia contest with refreshments followed by a trip to the movies from 10:00am-12:00pm.
Thomas P. Ryan R-Center
At 530 Webster Ave, a group discussion on race relations in Rochester as well as refreshments will be held from 1:00pm-4:00pm.
Roxie Ann Sinkler R-Center
A 3 on 3 basketball tournament for youth 17 and under will be held at 75 Grover St. from 1:00-4:00pm.
Feel free to utilize the many opportunities here in Rochester to celebrate and honor Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy, as well as spending quality time with family and friends, learning and teaching history together.