April 3, 2018

Statement by SUNY Empire Officer in Charge Mitch Nesler on the 50-year Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination

College Community To Observe Moment of Silence at 7:01 p.m. Today

Image of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. courtesy of Benedict J. Fernandez '87.
Image courtesy of Benedict J. Fernandez '87

“As we reflect on the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 50 years ago today, we can find comfort in knowing that his vision for educational opportunity is alive and well, not only at SUNY Empire, but in schools, colleges and communities across New York and throughout the country.

“The SUNY Empire community will observe a moment of silence today at 7:01 p.m., joining Governor Cuomo and our peer institutions across New York, as bells are rung in recognition of the tragic event of Dr. King’s assassination on this day in 1968.

“Dr. King was a transformative leader whose timeless legacy lives on with every child, student and family who experiences the ‘American Dream,’ of which he spoke so eloquently.”

* Nesler has asked the college community to participate in this alternate form of recognition, as there is no physical bell that can be rung.