Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: 
Creating a Socially Just Economy

By Joe Romano, 

Marketing Manager

KirbyHasADreamOn Jan. 20, at Beverly J. Martin Elementary School, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration Committee presented their annual luncheon, an event that recognizes the life and work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year's theme was "The Curse of Poverty Has No Justification." Kirby Edmonds, a Dorothy Cotton Institute senior fellow and program coordinator, presented the clear and inspiring keynote address, "How We Can Create a Socially Just Local Economy." Kirby cited specifics about poverty and the lack of opportunity in our community and offered simple ways we can all get involved.

Well-known for his work in the community, Kirby has collaborated for many years with staff, managers, and Council at GreenStar. The luncheon, which continues to be free and open to all, also featured performances by Trece, Cal Walker, and John Simon. GreenStar has always taken an active role in planning the event, as it coincides with our "A Day On, Not a Day Off" drive, which donates all of GreenStar's profits for the day to the planning committee.

This year's luncheon was organized by the Greater Ithaca Activities Center, Multicultural Resource Center, Center for Transformative Action, Cornell Public Service Center, SLECA and Cornell Dining, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, GreenStar Cooperative Market, GreenStar Community Projects, Ithaca College Office of Student Engagement & Multicultural Affairs, and various community members.

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