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    Follow Up with In The Footsteps of Dr. King 2019 participants

    “Seeing Dr.King and what he went through makes me feel a little more confident about the outcome of society. Even though we have our lows, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, and I think that’s what Dr. King stood for more than anything,” remarked Margarita Zias, a junior and computer science major. Zias, along with a group of 20 other Queens College students, recently went on a trip to Atlanta, Georgia, to learn about pivotal and key moments that impacted U.S. history. This was a CUNY program that “[sought] to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to combat bigotry and intolerance in today’s society.” The…

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    Queens College Students Reflect on “In the Footsteps of Dr. King”

    On February 26, in celebration of Black History Month, Queens College presented “Reflections – In the Footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” a platform for students who took part in this year’s “In the Footsteps of Dr. King” trip to discuss their experiences. The annual five-day trip to Georgia and Alabama, which takes place in January, introduces students to various historical sights and civil rights leaders from the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Now in its fourteenth year, the program has had over 50 undergraduate students take part in the trip. As has been done in previous years, the students who participated in the 2018 trip shared what…

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    Queens College community retraces the footsteps of Dr. King

    Queens College went down to Atlanta, Georgia to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr’s “Legacy of Courage” in 14 different events, from marching with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to helping feed the needy. Eighteen students and staff traveled south, from January 18th to the 22nd, as an immersive, outside the classroom learning experience. The group also met with a few iconic figures from the Civil Rights movement. The first person the group met was Peter Geffen, the founder of Abraham Heschel Day School and veteran member of the Summer Community Organization and Political Education, a project that led white college students between 1961 and 1966 to help black communities in…

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    Discussion recalls the role of black LGBT pioneers

    An event on black LGBT who influenced social movements in the 20th century was held on Feb. 5 in the Rosenthal Library. Lisa Davis, an organizer for the event, highlighted the role of such figures and what they represented. “They are a heroic family with human flaws and triumphs. They are our history, often forgotten. Parts of their identities mocked or erased for other’s comfort and expediency,” Davis said. Speakers for the event included Shawn(ta) Smith, a librarian at the Graduate Center of CUNY, and Maureen Pierce-Anyan, director of Minority Student Affairs. Smith first spoke about playwright and writer Lorraine Hansberry, who was born in Chicago on May 19, 1930. She is most famous for…

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    Kupferberg Center hosts performance in honor of Martin Luther King Day

    The Kupferberg Theatre hosted the Dance Theatre of Harlem for a special performance on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Following a lack of events on campus to celebrate King in past years, Queens College President Felix Rodriguez proudly announced that every year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day would bring a new on-campus event celebrating racial diversity and a presentation by a renowned African-American speaker. This year’s speaker was former U.S Congressman and Reverend Dr. Floyd Flake. He gave an empowering speech referencing Dr. King and his efforts to create a just society. “A fight for a just society is a fight that will never end. Only our power of oneness will keep us protected,”…