Syracuse Community Remembers and Celebrates, the Life and Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Community Folk Art Center, Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, Syracuse University, and Syracuse Community gather to remember the Civil Rights Leader. Events are planned throughout January.

Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance Celebrates the Life and Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Rev. DeCarto Draper

Rev. DeCarto Draper

The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance’s Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Service is planned for Monday, January 16th at Southern Missionary Baptist Church.   Rev. Steve Walker serves as their President. The IMA will also welcome aboard their newest member, and Guest Speaker, Rev. DeCarto Draper of Tucker Missionary Baptist Church.  Southern Missionary Baptist church is located at 3143 Midland Avenue.  Service begins at 6:00 pm.

Links to Syracuse area events honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in January 2017

Join The Community Folk Art Center Monday January 16th for the Community Conversation on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Community Conversation on Martin Luther King Day begins at 3pm; it’s free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Martin Luther King Jr. day is seen by most as a day off to remember and honor a man who made a tremendous positive impact for this country.

CFAC small Logo squareThe Community Folk Art Center’s holding a community conversation that will reinforce the idea that MLK day is not a day off but a day on in terms of service. It is a way to reflect on the great work of MLK and discuss ideas that we can work together as a community in 2017 and moving forward to continue to serve others.  In addition to hosting the King forum the CFAC has an exhibition opening in January, 2017, I, too, am America: A Song of Race and Language.

Opening January 24th CFAC presents: I, too, am America: A Song of Race and LanguageCFAC_I Too am America

In Ralph Ellison’s speech “What Children are Like” he discusses subcultures in African American Communities and how they are reflected through language.  In conjunction with the powerful words of Langston Hughes, we are inspired to explore the extent of freedom of speech and the American dream. We are reminding the community of the dangers exacerbated by language in the past and the hope that language can inspire for the future.

This exhibition will allow for direct communication through interactive sculpture; to catch a glimpse into other’s experiences with candid photography and subject statements; and it will invite the viewer to observe social benchmarks of our past with poignant collages and prints.

Featuring works from:
Jamaal Barber
Ann “Sole Sister” Johnson
Kleaver Crus/Black Joy Project

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 – Saturday, March 25, 2017
12:00 am

Community Folk Art Center
805 E. Genesee Street
Syracuse, NY 13210

Opening Reception:
Friday, February 3, 2017
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Panel Discussion/Artist Talk:
Saturday, February 4, 2017
1:00pm

This exhibition is free and open to the public.

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday – Friday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday 11:00am – 5:00pm

CFAC Facade WebFor those who are not familiar with their history. Community Folk Art Center, Incorporated (CFAC) was founded in 1972 by the late Herbert T. Williams, a professor in the African American Studies Department, in collaboration with other Syracuse University faculty and students, as well as local artists and Syracuse city residents. The primary motivation and objective for the establishment of CFAC was to provide a high quality showcase for African Diasporan artists, creating a setting for dialogue and interaction among emerging, mid-career and professional artists, in Central New York. In addition to Williams, CFAC founders include Shirley Harrison, Jack White, George Campbell, Mary Schmidt Campbell Jr., David MacDonald, and Basheer Alim.

CFAC planted its roots in a small storefront on the corner of South Salina Street and Wood Avenue, then relocated to a converted auditorium on the East side, finally settling into their current space at 805 East Genesee Street, allowing CFAC to function as a multidisciplinary community art center. Located in the heart of the Connective Corridor, CFAC’s proud of their position as a venue for a cross section of our community to gather in the spirit of creative expression.

CFAC is a vibrant cultural and artistic hub committed to the promotion and development of artists of the African Diaspora. CFAC’s mission is to exalt cultural and artistic pluralism by collecting, exhibiting, teaching and interpreting the visual and expressive arts. Public programming includes exhibitions, film screenings, gallery talks, workshops and courses in studio and performing arts. A proud unit of the African American Studies Department at Syracuse University, CFAC is a beacon of artistry, creativity and cultural expression engaging the Syracuse community, the region and the world.