CRCDS celebrated the legacy of one of its most prominent graduates, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Crozer ’51) this past weekend at two events in Rochester, NY. On Saturday, January 18th, the CRCDS Black Student Caucus hosted the 30th annual MLK Songfest at Aenon Baptist Church where CRCDS Trustee and long-time friend Rev. Dr. James Cherry serves as pastor. The MLK Community Choir led a packed church in celebratory song, honoring the life of Dr. King. The evening culminated in the awarding of the first ever Rev. Raymond Graves Award for Community Service and Social Justice to CRCDS alumnus Rev. Lawrence Hargrave (CRCDS‘00), Pastor of Outreach Ministries at Asbury First United Methodist Church in Rochester. Rev. Graves (CRDS ’69) was a well-known and tireless advocate for social justice in the Rochester region. Rev. Hargrave’s ministry to the Rochester community continues the legacy of Rev. Graves’ work and the legacy of the many CRCDS graduates who continue to transform the lives of those they serve. The school is delighted to honor these two esteemed graduates in this important way. For a link to the article on this event from the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, please click on the link below.
On Monday, January 20th, the Rochester community gathered at the Eastman Theater’s Kodak Hall to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King. Two notable alumni of CRCDS were recognized for their work. The late Rev. Dr. Charles Thurman (CRDS ’72) received the Robert Cobbett Peace Award for his many contributions to bringing peace to the Rochester community. The award was presented to Dr. Thurman’s family and Dr. Thurman’s wife, Mattie Thurman, accepted the award on their behalf. Later in the celebration, CRCDS Chair of the Board of Trustees Stuart J. Mitchell III (CRDS ’70), President/CEO of Pathstone, was honored as an Everyday Hero for his life’s work in the areas of affordable housing, social justice and civil rights. The tribute to Rev. Mitchell included a video presentation highlighting his work and its role in advancing the values espoused by Dr. King. Please click on the following link for the article on this event that appears on WXXI.org.
Please join us in giving thanks for the lives and work of all our alumni/ae and especially for the work of Dr. King, Rev. Graves, Rev. Hargrave, Dr. Thurman and Rev. Mitchell.