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New York Council For the Humanities Sponsors A Powerful Community Conversations Program...

New York Council For the Humanities Sponsors A Powerful Community Conversations Program...

Buffalo, New York – February 13, 2012 – In celebration of Black History Month: the New York Council For the Humanities’ will sponsor a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Community Conversations Program at The Belle Center with the Buffalo AmeriCorps program and other community participants.

The event will take place at 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. February 17, 2012 at The Belle Center located at 104 Maryland Street Buffalo, NY. This inter-generational reading of Dr. Martin Luther King’s the “Drum Major Instinct” will focus around a short, shared text and a set of open-ended, thought-provoking questions that will provide an opportunity for members of the community to engage in a meaningful discussion about public service and civic engagement.

While all the Corps members are preparing for this discussion, one Buffalo AmeriCorps member is especially excited over this celebration that not only allows her to celebrate her African-American ancestry, but that also provides her with the opportunity to contribute value feedback to the Conversation. She is one of the fifty-one Buffalo AmeriCorps members who serve the Buffalo community on a daily basis and an undergraduate Business Administration student at Medaille College. “I think I can learn a lot from the older generation and offer insight about how my generation views Black history and civic engagement. I’m excited to discuss such a profound literary work from 1968 and examine how some of the views in the reading still hold true in 2012,” said Naomi Porter.

The Community Conversations program will be facilitated by Jacqueline Ornsby-Buffalo AmeriCorps Program Coordinator. It will combine over 50 Buffalo AmeriCorps members from diverse age groups and adult members of the community to engage in an afternoon of powerful dialoguing. This event is free and open to the public.