Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Visalli-11-10-13Nassau County will observe the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with a weekend of programs in celebration of his life. Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, in conjunction with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Birthday Celebration Committee of Nassau County Inc. and the Nassau County Office of Minority Affairs, has planned a trio of events that pay tribute to the leader of the American Civil Rights Movement, who was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

“Dr. King’s message is one of equality, justice, peace and community. Those values continue to live in all Americans today, 45 years after his life ended. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day commemorates his values and ideals for a better America,” said Mangano.On Saturday, Jan. 17, at 8 p.m., the African American Museum of Nassau County will present a theatrical presentation entitled “The Trilogy of Truth II, Women of Courage” performed by Shades of Truth Theater Company. The production provides insight into the lives of Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells and Barbara Jordan.

The museum is located at 110 N. Franklin Street, Hempstead. The donation is $5. Admission is free for students with ID. For details, contact Joysetta Pearse at 516-379-5466.
The Theatrical VIP Reception is from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. A $30 donation is required, which includes admission to the play.

An Ecumenical Interfaith Service will take place on Sunday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. at New Covenant Church, 757 Bellmore Ave., East Meadow. There will be a free-will offering. Additional information is available by contacting the Office of Minority Affairs at 516-572-2244.

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 28th Annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon will be held on Monday, Jan. 19, at 11:30 a.m. at the Marriott Hotel, 101 James Doolittle Blvd. in Uniondale. County Executive Mangano will serve as honorary chairperson for the event. Honorees include: H. Scottie Gourdine-Coads, Dr. Irene E. Hylton, Linda Leaf, Rhonda L. Maco and Barbara V. Powell. The ticket price is $60.

Proceeds from all weekend events will benefit the MLK Committee Scholarship Fund assisting local high school seniors seeking higher education. Register early for best seating. For details, contact Rodney McRae at 516-571-5977.

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