MLKCB Announcements


Why We Lead: A Community Conversation with Leaders of Color

posted Feb 17, 2012, 8:35 PM by MLK Community Build

TODAY, Saturday 2/18 at 2:00pm!!!
Why We Lead: A Community Conversation with Leaders of Color

The Tompkins County Public Library will celebrate Black History Month with “Why We Lead,” a community conversation featuring City of Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick, Aloja Airewele, Marcia Fort and Millicent Clarke-Maynard, Saturday, February 18 at 2:00 PM in the Ezra Cornell Reading Room.

 

Facilitated by Eric Acree, director of Cornell University’s Africana Library, “Why We Lead,” will explore what it means to be a community leader and offer an informal and interactive discussion on the people, events and personal circumstances that lead Myrick, Airewele, Fort and Clarke-Maynard to pursue careers in public service.

 

Each of the featured participants brings a unique perspective on leadership based on their upbringings and professional achievements:

 

City of Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick--Raised in rural Earlville, NY by his single mother and grandparents, Myrick, 24, became Ithaca’s youngest mayor and the City’s first mayor of African-American heritage in 2012.  A graduate of Cornell University, Myrick’s foray into public service began at age 20 when he was elected to Ithaca’s Common Council.

 

Aloja Airewele--Born and raised in Nigeria, Airewele is a trained physician and worked in family medicine before immigrating with his family to the United States in 1997.  He currently serves as a case manager for the American Red Cross and works for Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton.  He also serves as vice president of the Library’s Board of Trustees.

 

Marcia Fort—An Ithaca native, Fort is a much-heralded advocate for local youth.  As director of the Greater Ithaca Activities Center, she has touched and shaped the lives of countless young people.  Fort also graciously offers her time and experience to the boards of several local organizations.

 

Millicent Clarke-Maynard—A veteran educator with the Ithaca City School District, Clarke-Maynard currently teaches at Beverly J. Martin Elementary School.  Maynard is a New York African Studies Association Distinguished Teacher Award winner.  She dedicates much of her time to organizations supporting the academic and cultural development of young people and has served on the board of the Southside Community Center and the Tompkins County Human Rights Commission.

 

This program is free and open to the public and is being sponsored by TCPL, the MLK Community Build and Cornell University’s Africana Library.  Refreshments will be available.


WATCH AND PARTICIPATE LIVE
RIGHT HERE!!

You can watch the show on our UStream channel page
or directly on this website (see below). 

You can also view the live show using the UStream app on your iPhone, iPad, Android mobile device, and several other media players.



We'll be taking questions and comments from viewers via the following methods:
  • Twitter (use hashtag #ChaosOrCommunity)
  • The participation form below:



Video of Mayoral Candidates Forum 10/19/11

posted Oct 19, 2011, 5:39 PM by Ben Ortiz

Here is the video of this evening's Mayoral Candidate Forum.

*IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to a few unfortunate technical issues, video recording was started as the candidates were in the middle of their opening statements.  Also, the sound was not captured during the first 3:49 of recording.  


Ithaca Mayoral Race Candidates Forum 10/19/11

posted Oct 18, 2011, 12:01 PM by Ben Ortiz

TOMORROW, Wednesday 10/19 at 6:00pm!!!
Ithaca Mayoral Race
Candidates Forum

Candidates vying for the hotly contested City of Ithaca Mayor’s position will have an opportunity to share their platforms with the public Wednesday, October 19 as the Tompkins County Public Library, the Tompkins County League of Women Voters, The Ithaca Journal and the MLK Community Build host a Candidates Forum from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room.

Mayoral contenders J.R. Clairborne, Independence Party; Janis Kelly, Republican; Christopher Kuznir, Independent; Svante Myrick, Democrat; and Wade Wykstra, Independent, will offer brief opening statements prior to answering questions from the audience. Following closing remarks, the candidates will hold a meet and greet with event attendees.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Carrie Wheeler-Carmenatty at (607) 272-4557 extension 248.

WATCH AND PARTICIPATE LIVE
RIGHT HERE!!

You can watch the show on our UStream channel page
or directly on this website (see below). 

You can also view the live show using the UStream app on your iPhone, iPad, Android mobile device, and several other media players.



We'll be taking questions and comments from viewers via the following methods:
  • Twitter (use hashtag #ChaosOrCommunity)
  • The participation form below:




Video of last week's Mayoral Candidates Forum

posted Sep 7, 2011, 9:43 PM by MLK Community Build   [ updated Sep 7, 2011, 9:44 PM ]

Ithaca Mayoral Candidates Forum

posted Aug 29, 2011, 8:26 PM by Ben Ortiz

TOMORROW EVENING!!!
Ithaca Mayoral Candidates Forum

At the Tompkins County Public Library 
Borg Warner Community Room
from 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Mayoral hopefuls J.R. Clairborne, Pam Mackesey and Svante Myrick will offer brief opening statements prior to answering questions from the audience.  Following closing remarks, the candidates will hold a meet and greet with event attendees.

WATCH AND PARTICIPATE LIVE
RIGHT HERE!!

You can watch the show on our UStream channel page
or directly on this website (see below). 

You can also view the live show using the UStream app on your iPhone, iPad, Android mobile device, and several other media players.



We'll be taking questions and comments from viewers via the following methods:
  • Twitter (use hashtag #ChaosOrCommunity)
  • The participation form below:



2011 Rere Sojourner Hassett Award

posted Jun 13, 2011, 8:56 AM by MLK Community Build   [ updated Jun 13, 2011, 12:04 PM ]

The MLK Community Build would like to thank the Multicultural Resource Center for honoring our founders with the 2011 Rere Sojourner Hassett Award, presented to us at the GIAC (Greater Ithaca Activities Center) Annual Meeting on May 25th, 2011.


The Community Blog is off to the races!

posted May 2, 2011, 4:34 PM by MLK Community Build

(Originally posted 4/29/11)


Greetings from the MLK Community Build!

There has been lots of activity on our new "Community Blog" since it launched just over 3 weeks ago. 

In case you missed the story about it in the Ithaca Times, check it out here!

So far, we've received the following blog contributions from the community:


More posts are on the way.  You are cordially invited to contribute!!  Instructions for blog submissions can be found on The Community Blog's homepage.

Have a wonderful weekend.

-The MLK Community Build

In this week's Ithaca Times: "MLK Community Build launches community blog as open forum"

posted May 2, 2011, 4:28 PM by MLK Community Build

(Originally posted on 4/14/11)

Read the story HERE.

Please Contribute: Reflecting on the 43rd anniversary of MLK's assassination

posted Apr 4, 2011, 3:51 PM by MLK Community Build   [ updated Apr 4, 2011, 3:55 PM ]


Today marks the 43rd anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination in Memphis, TN.

Though not an anniversary to be celebrated, it is an opportune time for reflection on Dr. King's life and legacy, on the state of our communities and their various "isms," and on ourselves and our experiences.  Such reflection is often deeply personal and private, but if we were all to share our thoughts and experiences publicly, just imagine the powerful educational, unifying, healing effects.

That's why today we are announcing the arrival of the MLK Community Build's "Community Blog!"

The MLK Community Build wants to foster dialogue and expression about equality and social justice topics among the entire Ithaca/Tompkins County community and beyond.  This blog was created to help achieve that goal and will eventually become a rich collection of perspectives, experiences, and creativity which showcases the true character of our community, local and beyond.

ANYONE can contribute, no matter who you are or where you live.
  • Please submit your original content (text, video, images, audio, etc.) pertaining to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., his writings - in particular, Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community, or anything else that may be related/connected to equality and social justice to us at mlkbuild@gmail.com
  • Please ensure that your contribution is respectful and appropriate for audiences of all ages.
  • Include your name and any other information about yourself (e.g. your bio, contact info., etc.) with your submission.  If you wish to remain anonymous, please give us some contextual info. (e.g. age, gender, racial/ethnic identity, etc.).
  • Please allow us between 1-5 days to review your blog and post it.  We reserve the right to censor sections of content (and in extreme cases, reject entire blogs) which we find disrespectful and/or inappropriate. 

As we reflect on the 43rd anniversary of a historical tragedy, let's honor Dr. King by continuing his work to achieve a "beloved community."

Deepest Thanks,
-MLKCB

On the 43 Anniv. of MLK's Assassination

posted Apr 4, 2011, 10:34 AM by MLK Community Build

Dr. King was assassinated 43 years ago today in Memphis, Tennessee.


Martin Luther King, Jr.

by Gwendolyn Brooks 


A man went forth with gifts.

He was a prose poem.

He was a tragic grace. 

He was a warm music.

He tried to heal the vivid volcanoes. 

His ashes are

reading the world.

 

His Dream still wishes 

to anoint the barricades of faith 

and of control.

His word still burns the center of the sun, 

above the thousands and the

hundred thousands.

 

The word was Justice. It was spoken.

So it shall be spoken.

So it shall be done.

1-10 of 30