Two of the most transformational moments in Keuka College history were First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt’s visit in 1938 to the then all women’s college, and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s address to the graduating class of 1963 just weeks after his release from Birmingham Jail. In honor and commemoration to these two social justice reformers, Professor Emeritus of Art, Dr. Dexter Benedict, has created two bronze busts in their image that are to be permanently installed at the college.
Benedict revealed the two sculptures at an open house reception held Saturday at his Baker Road studio. Along with project benefactors Donald and Christine Wertman, Benedict unveiled the two larger than life images to the appreciation and applause of those gathered there, including Keuka College trustees and President Dr. Jorge Díaz-Herrera.
The installation of the Roosevelt and King busts will take place during Fribolin Fest 2017, Friday, May 5. The public is invited to Lightner Library at 3:30 p.m. for a reception and the unveiling of Benedict’s tribute to these two giant figures in the progress of human rights.
In that continuing spirit of social justice, guest speaker Eboo Patel, founder and executive director of Interfaith Youth Core, will deliver the 29th Annual Carl and Fanny Fribolin Lecture. Patel, who served on President Obama’s Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood initiatives, will speak at 6:30 p.m. in Norton Chapel. It is free and open to the public.