Saratoga Springs marks Martin Luther King Day with weekend events

A series of events will be staged this weekend in honor and remembrance of Martin Luther King, Jr.  

Friday, January 15:

The Dr. King Challenge: “Speak up and sing out against racial and social injustice!”

Saratoga Film Forum, 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 6:30 pm

Opening reception, 6:30 at 7 pm: Cracking the Codes, with discussion facilitated by Dr. Amon Emeka and Dr. Jennifer Mueller (two fabulous profs from Skidmore)

Followed by music and spoken word performances, featuring the Heavenly Echoes, JV & the Cutters, Soul Rebel Performance Troupe, D. Colin (poet), Terri Roben, OBA TUTU (Dr. Ade Knowles, Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius, David Allen, Kristin Diotte, Ada Harper) and SHYFT (Saratoga’s Humanitarian Youth for Transformation) Suggested donation $10.


Sunday, January 17:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance

Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street, 2-4 pm

Mass Incarceration and Racial Inequality: staged reading, poetry and panel discussion.

Meta Theatre Company (MTC) will perform excerpts from HELLO MY NAME IS . . . , a play co-written by MTC and women of the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility Theatre Project

Inside-Out: Poets Reading from the Experience of Incarceration. Panelists: Dr. Karen Gaffney (co-founder of the above mentioned theatre project), Cara Benson, Writer and former teacher of the poets, Karen Murtagh, Executive Director of Prisoners’ Legal Services of NY FREE


Monday, January 18:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance

** Saratoga Spring’s Day of Service, 10 am-12 pm; registration at the SSPL library 9:30am;

Code Blue (Salvation Army, 27 Woodlawn Ave) volunteer training; MoonCatchers-Pad Project (Temple Sinai, 509 Broadway);

Youth Squared and Thinkpeace, Inc. will have projects at the library.(SSPL, 49 Henry Street). All volunteers invited for community lunch, 12-1 pm (details provided at registration)

** Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street, 1:30pm

“The Unfinished Business of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” featuring Dr. Karen Gaffney, Meta Theatre Company, the Arbor Hill Starlites, SHYFT and Garland Nelson.

Meta Theatre Company’s mission is to create work around the issues of white privilege, race, class, gender and sexual orientation, and provide audiences a context to create social change in their communities. Karen Gaffney, Professor of English at Raritan Valley Community College works with MTC. FREE