On January 30, 2014, RIT is hosting its Expressions of King’s Legacy Celebration. To mark the event, RIT has invited national talk show host, author and community advocate Tavis Smiley to be the keynote speaker for the events of January 30.
National talk show host Tavis Smiley will headline the lineup of activities that include:
- Thursday, Jan. 30 from 12 Noon to 2 PM in RIT’s Gordon Field House and Activities Center – In addition to Mr. Smiley, this event includes 11 year-old Curtis Babers, a fourth-grader from Houston, Texas, who won the 2013 Gardere Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory Competition with a speech focused on the importance of education, making positive choices and encouraging others to succeed. Also performing will be RIT poets Alexis Harris, Lakeishia Brown, Michelle Sason, and local singer Whitney Morrison. Registration is required for the event and can be done online. General admission tickets cost $1 per individual, and the doors open at 10:30 a.m.
- Thursday January 30 at 6 PM (doors open at 4 PM) at East High School, 1801 E. Main Street – RCTV’s Carvin Eison will participate in the community panel, hosted by Tavis Smiley, discussing the 1964 Race Riots in Rochester. Although there is no charge to attend this event, Registration is required as there is limited seating in the high school’s auditorium.
- RIT’s Gospelfest takes place onFriday, Jan. 31 at 7:30 PM in Ingle Auditorium in RIT’s Student Alumni Union. Tickets for the event are $5 for college students with ID, $10 for RIT faculty/staff and $15 for the general public, and you may pay at the door.
- On Saturday, Feb. 1, the university will host a Harlem Renaissance-themed evening of music and poetry at 6 p.m. in RIT’s Student Alumni Union, Al Davis Cafeteria. Featured performers are nationally-known Def Poetry artists Alysia Harris and recording artist Dwele. This event is free and open to the general public, but registration is required, as space is limited.
Expressions of Kings Legacy is coordinated by RIT’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion and supported by campus and community partners.
Additionally, on Saturday, January 25th @ 7pm in the Eisenhart Auditorium of the Museum of Science Center, there will be a free screening of Carvin Eison’s film, July ’64 that is open to the public.