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Martin Luther King Jr. during the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, during which he delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech, calling for an end to racism. (Wikimedia Commons)

Many have the day off from work and school on Monday, Jan. 18, so take time to reflect on the reason for the national holiday — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Here are some ways to celebrate his life and legacy on Long Island.

MLK DAY WALK

Nonprofit organization Elmont Strong leads its inaugural MLK Day Walk to build community and show unity. Elmont Public Library, 700 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont. elmontstrong.com 9 a.m.

MLK DAY OF SERVICE

The Sid Jacobson JCC will host several events, both virtual and in-person, throughout the day to celebrate MLK Day. First, there will be “Judaism and Justice” online lessons and a panel discussion via Zoom that will focus on achieving racial equity. Then there will be a donation drive, blood drive, and film streaming. Virtual/Sid Jacobson JCC, 300 Forest Drive

East Hills. sjjcc.org 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

MLK DAY OF REFLECTION

The Village of Hempstead and United People’s Organization holds its 28th annual MLK Day of Reflection. Masks and social distancing required  during the ceremony. Kennedy Memorial Park, 335 Greenwich St, Hempstead. villageofhempstead.org 10 a.m.

MARCH ON SUNRISE

Long Island Peaceful Protest will stage a demonstration against white supremacy in honor of King’s legacy. The march will travel east from Nassau to Suffolk. Massapequa Park Train Station. facebook.com/lipeacefulprotest 1 p.m.

MLK DAY OF SERVICE

Molloy College adapts its annual community volunteer day to include virtual offerings via Zoom and a contactless community donation drop-off. Kellenberg Circle, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. molloy.edu  10 a.m.-2 p.m.

MLK DAY 2021

Barry & Florence Friedberg JCC hosts a kids’ craft and storytime focusing on MLK, plus an at-home volunteer opportunity for this year’s MLK Day. Friedberg JCC, 15 Neil Ct., Oceanside. friedbergjcc.org 11:45 a.m.-3 p.m.

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