January 10 about 40 people gathered at the Southside Community Center to honor and celebrate the life and work of Dr. King at the Annual Lifelong MLK luncheon. The participants represented a variety of agencies including Hospicare, County Office of the Aging, Alternatives Credit Union, Ithaca College, CTR for Racial Justice, the Quakers, Lifelong, and Southside Community Center. Individual community members and Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton also attended to show their respect. Dr. Nia Nunn, Associate Professor at Ithaca College, spoke of the need to model and teach behaviors and values that were true to the intent and mission of Dr. King as he and the other Civil Right Activists fought for equality and justice. She also expressed the sense of hope that she has, engendered by the passion, willingness, and ability to learn that she sees in the future teachers that she sends out into the classrooms.
Lunch was catered by Mrs. Tucker of Tucker’s Catering.