January 15, 2018
Empire State Plaza Convention Center, Albany, New York
MLK50 Forward - Together We Win with Love for Humanity
Musical Prelude
Dr. King Community Choir and Ensemble directed by Marcelle Johnson

Welcome - Master of Ceremonies

Claudine Ewing, Master of Ceremonies

Posting of the Colors
Girl Scout Troop 1550, Latham, NY

National Anthem
3D, Breonna, Lashaina, and Jovon Dixon

Televised Program Begins at 10:00 AM

Rabbi Rena Kieval
Congregation Ohav Shalom, Albany, NY
Reverend Craig Thomas Robinson, Jr., M.Div., S.T.M.
First Israel AME Church, Albany, NY

Moment of Silence and Theme Reflection
MLK50 Forward: Together We Win With Love For Humanity*
Claudine Ewing, Master of Ceremonies

Musical Performance
"Seasons of Love" performed by Staging Youth's Future, Inc. cast of RENT

NYS Call to Commemoration
Lola Brabham, Acting Commissioner
New York State Department of Civil Service

A Message of Family
JoDee Kenney, Guest Presenter

King Video Moment
"King the Man"

Guest Presenter
Kristina M. Johnson, Ph.D.,
Chancellor, State University of New York

Musical Performance
"Seven Steps to Heaven" and "La Fiesta"
SUNY Schenectady County Community College Jazz Ensemble, Directed by Dr. William Meckley

A Message of Purpose
Benita Zahn, Guest Presenter

Keynote Speaker
Wintley Phipps, Vocal Artist, Pastor, Motivational Speaker and Education Activist

A Message of Kindness
JoDee Kenney, Guest Presenter

King Video Moment
Stony Brook University

A Message of Peace
Benita Zahn, Guest Presenter

Green Tech High Charter School
Albany, NY

Featured Musical Performance
Ms. Jennifer Holliday,Grammy and Tony Award Winner,
Featuring the Dr. King Community Choir and Ensemble

"We Shall Overcome"
Ms. Jennifer Holliday
Featuring the Dr. King Community Choir and Ensemble

Pastor Henry Kim, Brunswick Presbyterian Church, Brunswick, NY

Dr. King Commemorative Birthday Cake and Cookies
Refreshments, donated by Price Chopper and Market 32, will be served on the concourse immediately following the memorial observance.  

Beloved Community March and Wreath-Laying Ceremony
Immediately following the program please join us for the march to the Lincoln Park Dr. King Memorial sponsored by the City of Albany and the Frank Chapman Memorial Institute. All marchers should assemble at the Madison Avenue Concourse doors. A CDTA bus is available at the Madison Avenue entrance for seniors and people with disabilities for transportation to the ceremony.

Albany City Hall Carillon Concert, Noon

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