– Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano will observe the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a weekend of programs in celebration of his life. County Executive Mangano, in conjunction with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Committee of Nassau County Inc. and 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.”On Saturday, January 17th, 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. 8 PM curtain at 110 N. Franklin Street, Hempstead, NY. The donation is $5. Admission is free for students with ID. Contact Joysetta Pearse for information at (516) 379-5466. There is also a Theatrical VIP Reception 6:45-7:45, a $30 donation is required which includes admission to the play.
An Ecumenical Interfaith Service is planned for Sunday, January 18th, at 7:00 p.m. at New Covenant Church, 757 Bellmore Avenue, East Meadow, NY. There will be a Free Will Offering. Additional information is available by contacting the Office of Minority Affairs (516) 572-2244, Rev. Phillip Elliott, Chair.
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 28th Annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon will be held on Monday, January 19th, 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.
Proceeds from all weekend events will benefit the MLK Committee Scholarship Fund assisting local high school seniors seeking higher education. The purchase price of a ticket is $60. Register early for best seating. For additional information contact Rodney McRae at (516) 571-5977.