Updated: 01/20/2014 12:28 PM
Created: 01/20/2014 12:22 PM WHEC.com
Inspirational performances were mixed among the prayers and speeches at a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day ceremony at the Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre. Several community leaders and students were honored for their contributions and essays about how education can benefit the community.
Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and Rochester’s new Mayor Lovely Warren spoke side-by-side, acknowledging the activism and involvement is key to improving our city and county.
Lovely Warren, Rochester Mayor, said, “I want to say to the community that we will do what's best on behalf of each and everyone of you because that's what you elected us to do. Put our differences aside and unite together as one because we are one.”
Maggie Brooks joined in making a proclamation, highlighting the accomplishments of Martin Luther King. Mayor Warren reminded the audience that this July will be the 50th anniversary of the Race Riots that broke out in Rochester in 1964 and how we need to make sure peaceful activism remains a focus.