Patchogue - (WALK) Long Island, and the nation is remembering the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., now through the official National Holiday, Monday.
Dr. King was born on January 15, 1929, and assassinated in Memphis, TN, on April 4, 1968. Dr. King was in Memphis to support municipal employees seeking improved working conditions at the time of his death, at age 39. If Dr. King lived, he would be 85.
King's legacy includes thoughtful consideration of peaceful progress toward universal human rights, justice and opportunities for working people.
Here are some memorial celebrations scheduled on Long Island:
SUNDAY, January 19
Elmont: Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Tpk., "Introdpective of a Dream," featuring a reading of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech, followed by discussion. 2:00 p.m. Free.
Levittown: First Presbyterian Church of Levittown, 474 Wantagh Ave., memorial service featuring clergy, gospel choirs, speakers. 4:00 - 6pm. Freewill offering.
Uniondale: St. Martha's Catholic Parish, 546 Greengrove Ave., ecumenical interfaith service. Freewill offering.
MONDAY, January 20, MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY
Copiague: Bethel AME Church, 20 Simmons Street, Young Achievers Following a Dream Service. Followed by a luncheon. 10:00 a.m. Free.
Dix Hills: Half Hollow Hills Community Library, Dix Hills Branch, 55 Vanderbilt Pkwy., MLK Celebration. 2:00- 4 pm. Donate new socks.
Garden City: LI Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Dreaming w/MLK. Children may produce artwork inspired by Dr. King (open to ages 5+). 1:30 p.m. $3 w/museum fee.
Garden City: Garden City Library, 60 7th St., African-American Stories in Art. Create a Dream collage. 6:30- 8 pm. Free.
Glen Cove: March from First Baptist Church, Continental Place (8:45 a.m.), to Finley Middle School, Wunsch Arts Ctr., Forest Ave. (10:00 a.m.) Program includes a tribute to Nelson Mandela. 8:45 a.m.
Hauppauge: First Baptist Church of Riverhead (host), Hyatt Regency Long Island (hotel), 1717 Motor Pkwy., memorial breakfast. Rashad Robinson, keynote speaker. 8:00 - 10am. $50.00.
Hempstead: MLK PARADE! Hempstead Town Hall, 9:00 a.m.
Huntington: Bethel AME Church, 291 Park Ave., MLK Jubilee. Rev. Roderick Pearson, president Islip Branch NAACP, keynote speaker. 7:00 p.m. Free.
Huntington Station: South Huntington Library, 145 Pidgeon Hill Rd., film, "The Watsons Go to Birmingham" (TV movie, rated PG). 2:30 p.m. Free.
Uniondale: Marriot Hotel & Conference Center, 101 James Doolittle Blvd., scholarship awards luncheon. Benefits high school seniors pursuing higher education. $60.00, register: 516-571-5977.
Wyandanch: Wyandanch-Wheatley Heights Ambulance Corps., 295 Merritt Ave., MLK Day of Service: Youth Workshops, featuring educational opportunities for school-age youth, including: resume writing, financial/economic workshops. Attendees urged to dress for success (refreshements available). Noon - 2pm.
Photo: Girl Scouts of America