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“The Stymied Dream,” A Look at Martin Luther King’s Immortal "I Have a Dream" Speech and Today’s Continuing Struggles, Presented by Corey L. Ellis at Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
Deb Whipple (518) 429-9457,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, January 27, 2014

Corey L. Ellis, co-founder and vice-president of the Capital District Black Chamber of Commerce opens the spring Voices Lecture series at Hudson Valley Community College on Thursday, February 6 with "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: The Stymied Dream." Ellis, also a ward leader and community organizer for the city of Albany, will focus on the message and oratory skills of Dr. King’s immortal "I Have a Dream" speech in relation to today's struggles of poverty, injustice, equal access and voting rights among African Americans.

Free and open to the public, the talk takes place from 1 to 1:50 p.m. in the college’s Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium.

Other lectures in the Voices series are “White Like Me: Race, Racism, & White Privilege in America,” “Frederick Douglass: Stories Are Tellin’,” “Behind the Swoosh: Sweatshops and Social Justice,” “Reviving the American Chestnut Tree” and “Local vs. Organic Food? How CSAs Help Solve the Puzzle.”

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Ellis is a mentor, former Albany mayoral candidate and common council member who has dedicated his life to community work. His efforts have been recognized with the following awards: Metroland Local Hero (2006), Hudson Valley Community College Humanitarian Service Award (2007), Metroland’s Best Public Servant (2008), NAACP Public Service Award (2008) and the Founders Day Award from the Albany City Council PTA (2008).