ONEONTA – Reginald Brunson’s rendering of the “I Have a Dream” speech and clarinetist Robin Seletsky’s original composition, “Rise Above,” will highlight Martin Luther King Day commemorations 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at Temple Beth El, 83 Chestnut St.
Organized by the Oneonta Branch, NAACP, those marking Dr. King’s 90th birthday will be Mayor Gary Herzig, the NAACP’s Lee Fisher, the USCT’s Harry Bradshaw Matthews, Temple Beth El’s Ken Sider and Fair for All’s Christina Hunt.
The theme, “Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere,” was central to King’s 1963 “Letter from the Birmingham Jail.”
The audience will be invited to join in the singing of “Lift Every Voice & Sing” at the beginning of the program and of “We Shall Overcome” at the conclusion.
Instrumentalists and vocalists will also include Barbara Roberts, Cappagnia-Lynne Chase, Stanley Fox, Yolanda Sharp, Rich Mollin, Charles Eubanks, Marcel Smith, Eight is Enough, the Davenport Community Choir, Rev. LaDana Clark, Yolanda Bush, Tim Iversen, Evan Jagels and DJ Wooden.
Also featured will be a message from the state’s new attorney general, Letitia James. Celebration participants will also include Joanne Fisher, Carol Malz, Joyce Miller, Michael Empey, Michelle Osterhoudt, Paul Conway, Delanor Davis and Sandi Milavec.;