A diverse crowd from many walks of community life came together for the dedication ceremony, which featured remarks by Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan, Senator Tom Libous, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, Congressman Maurice Hinchey’s representative Dan Lamb and Kevin McCabe, regional representative for Governor David Paterson. In the tradition of monumental public art, the statue itself and its site placement convey a visual message as well as a visceral one, which was expressed by special guest speaker, Cliff Frazier, Executive Director of the New York Metropolitan Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolence. Frazier said he was happy to see the gathering of “black, white and brown” individuals who came out for the dedication.
Frazier said people must set aside ego and work together to achieve change. Each of us, Frazier said, can manifest in our own lives the lessons of equality, social justice , and peace for which Dr. King fought and died. (photos by S. Ball)