Rochester MLK Day Celebration Focuses on Fighting Darkness with Light
Some Rochesterarians recognized Martin Luther King Day at the annual community worship celebration at Eastman Theater's Kodak Hall.
Mayor Lovely Warren attended the ceremony and issued its proclamation. She says it's important for Rochester to remember King.
"Being able to reflect at this point in time on the sacrifices that he made, and the fact that he was assassinated and gave his life for all of us to be able to work together and be together and share in unity and love, I think is something that we should appreciate."
This year's event was themed "Driving Out Darkness, Driving Out Hate, with the Light of Love."
It was communicated through music, a 200-voice mega choir and two Eastman student musicians. It was communicated through speakers, including leaders of different faith organizations and this year's essay winners. It was communicated through slam poetry, which touched on suppression, beauty, legacy, and change.
Mayor Warren says one of Dr. King's most important messages was unity. In the face of poverty, racism, and violence, she says coming together is something Rochester needs to do more of.