ESP's MLK memorial event this year to feature Harlem Children's Zone founder

Harlen Children's Zone founder Geoffrey Canada

Geoffrey Canda

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is next Monday, and the ESP Convention Center will again be hosting a memorial observance with speakers, music, and other programming.

The keynote speaker for this year's ceremony is Geoffrey Canada, founder of the Harlem Children's Zone. The program has focused on providing children and family in central Harlem support from birth through college in attempt to help people out of poverty. The Obama administration has touted the program as a model to replicate in recent years. And the HCZ has been one of the inspirations for the Albany Promise.

The MLK event at the ESP starts Monday, January 16 at 8:30 am with music prelude, and the formal program starts at 9:30 am. It is free and open to the public.

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Mr. Canada is that rare example of a charter school supporter who sincerely wants to help children.

By his own admission, even all the full wrap-around suite of services the Harlem Children's Zone offers hasn't solved the problems of racism and poverty in that neighborhood.

I have to give the guy a lot of credit for trying.

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