To honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Long Island is hosting events that keep alive his spirit of unity and charity. From memorial services to commemorative marches, here’s a list of how Long Island will be honoring Dr. King in 2014.
Event: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial service
Place: The First Presbyterian Church of Levittown
Time: 4 p.m.
Details: Local clergy ministers and gospel choirs will be featured in a memorial service in The First Presbyterian Church of Levittown at 4 p.m. to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Event: Interfaith Service
Place: St. Martha’s R.C. Parish 546 Greengrove St., Uniondale, NY.
Time: 7 p.m.
Details: St. Martha’s R.C. aim’s to continue to spread Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. message of unity by hosting an interfaith service.
Event: The 29th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. scholarship awards luncheon
Place: Marriott Hotel, 101 James Doolittle Blvd., in Uniondale, NY.
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Details: The price of a ticket is $60. County Executive Mangano will be the Honorary Chairperson of the event. Serving as the Honorary Vice-Chairman will be Chief Deputy County Executive Rob Walker and Rev. Phillip Elliott, Deputy County Executive for Minority Affairs. Rabbi Bruce Ginsburg will serve as Luncheon Chairman and Arthur M. Katz will serve as Honorary Co-Chairman. The Proceeds from this event will help local high school seniors who are looking for higher education.
Event: Volunteer Projects
Details: As part of the National Day of Service, several community leaders are encouraging residents to volunteer in their communities or plan their own project. Visit www.mlkday.gov/serve/find.php and enter in your city, state or zip code. The website also has more information on how to start your own project.
Event: Dreaming with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Place: Long Island Children’s Museum
Time: 11-11:45 a.m.
Details: Children ages 5 and up will get the opportunity to investigate the life of Dr. King and use what they learn to produce a piece of artwork at the end of the session. Museum admission fee is $3. The fee for Long Island Children’s Museum members is $2.
Event: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative March
Place: The Corner of Laurelton Boulevard and Park Avenue, Long Beach, NY
Time: 11 a.m.
Details: In addition to marching, participants can also participate in the Holiday Celebration Luncheon as well as the annual fundraiser
Event: Poetry, music and song in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Place: Half Hollow Hills Community Library – Dix Hills Branch
Time: 2 – 4 p.m.
Details: The Wheatley Heights Mother’s club host an afternoon of poetry, music and song in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The club is requesting donations of new socks for the Gerald Ryan Outreach Center of Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Catholic Church in Wyandanch. Tickets are not required.
Event: 21st annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade in Hempstead
Place: Hempstead Town Hall parking lot on Front Street and Greenwich Street.
Time: 9 a.m.
Details: The parade will take a new route this year. It will begin at the Hempstead Town Hall parking lot on Front Street and Greenwich Street. Then it will continue to the Kennedy Memorial Park, 335 Greenwich Street. The parade will be followed by a brief ceremony in the auditorium at 9:30 a.m.
Event: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Place: Hyatt Regency
Time: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. (doors open at 7:30 a.m.)
Details: The first Church of Riverhead will host a memorial breakfast in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The keynote speaker will be Rashad Robinson. The breakfast will be $50 per person.