And on this day finds itself as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. And Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter are still moving fast. And so to leave town when things are falling down all around you or not to leave town when things are falling down all around you. That is the question. And the only thing constant is change and some stories do not end as you expect. And so I found myself at Art House gallery and cafe in Edmeston, New York, and its surrounding houses and towns, some places that could almost be in the middle of nowhere and if you blink you'll miss it, in upstate New York this past week in my travels throughout here on planet earth. Upstate New York, a place where land is measured in acres versus square feet and backyards are the sides of a mountain, in farms and self sufficiency, someplace similar to that road trip to Vermont, the city versus the country sort of thing. And Art House of Edmeston is looking for artists to display their work there if you happen to be in the neighborhood. Oh, and dear deers, please learn how to cross the street. There is no stoplight for you to cross the street. #roadkill. And as a way to pass time, it also happened to be Martin Luther King Jr's birthday that week to where I also found myself at an NAACP Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2016 Birthday Celebration held at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta church in Oneonta, New York. And their program for that birthday celebration read something like as follows:
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
2016 Birthday Celebration
Remember! Celebrate! Act!
Sponsored by the
- Oneonta Area Branch of the NAACP
- City of Oneonta Commission on Community Relations & Human Rights
Sunday January 17, 2016 - 2:00 PM to 4PM
Unitarian Universalist Society
12 Ford Avenue, Oneonta
Gennaro Falco, piano - Danny Birnbaum, bass - George Ehrman, trumpet
Sadiq Abdushahid, drums - Steve Fabrizio, voice
Reverend Craig Schwalenberg, Unitarian Universalist Society
"Welcome and Invocation"
Everyone - Tim Horne, piano
"Lift Every Voice and Sing"
Lee Fisher, President Oneonta Branch NAACP
Joyce Miller, Chair Community Relations & Human Rights
Gary Herzig, Oneonta City Mayor
"Oneonta City Proclamation"
Yolanda Share, soprano - Craig Morrow, baritone
"In Paradisum" (Be Thou In Paradise) by Gabriel Faure
Ecce Fidelis Servis" (Behold All Faithful Servants) by Gabriel Faure
"Wade In The Water" Trad.
Rabbi Molly Karp, Temple Beth El, Oneonta
"Selection" from Abraham Joshua Heschel
Aaron J. Marcus, NYS Assistant Attorney General
"Message From NYS Attorney General Schneiderman"
Michelle Osterhoudt, NAACP Scholarship Committee
"The 2016 NAACP Unity Scholarship"
Rory Decker, Oneonta High School
"Love Your Enemies" by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Kaliph Bond and Jacob Katoke, Oneonta High School
"What Is Your Life's Bluerint" by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Maeve Rule, OHS Raiinbow Connection
"Achieving Gender Rights At OHS"
Cappagnia - Lynne Chase, OHS & Gerry Palco, piano
"Imagine" by John Lennon.
Delanor Davis, NAACP Membership Committee
Steve Fabrizio & Jazz Ensemble
"Georgia On My Mind" by Carmichael & Gorrell
"Unchain My Heart" by Bobby Sharp
Adina Feliu, Business and Community Liason
"Oneonta Job Corps Academy"
Harry Bradshaw Matthews
Associate Dean & Director of Intercultural Affairs, Hartwick College.
"Speaking Truth To Power:
Dr King In The Context Of The Freedom Journey"
Introduction : Tom Heitz, NAACP Publicity & religious Affairs
Yolanda Sharpe, soprano - Craig Morrow, iano - Robin Seletsky, clarinet
"Precious Lord Take My Hand" by Thomas A. Dorsey
Robin Seletsky, clarinet
"Nigun" Trad. Hebrew
The Oneonta MLK Choir
"This Little Light Of Mine" Trad. gospel
Joanne Fisher, NAACP Assistant Secretary
"Days Of Service"
Reginald Brunson, recital
"I Have A Dream" by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Barbara Roberts, Cantorial Soloist
"All The World" Hymn
"Oseh Shalom" (Making Peace) by Debbie Friedman
Pastor Jan Lacey - Markle, Davenport United Methodist Church
Everyone - Led by Barbara Roberts
"We Shall Overcome"
"Sharing The Birthday Cake"
Please Join Us For Refreshments
"I Have A Dream" Speech:
And every picture tells a story, I think, as in those photos that find themselves posted above. Have a great Martin Luther King Day and more.