County To Host MLK Jr. Events

A weekend of programs is planned by Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano to observe the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Mangano, in conjunction with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Committee of Nassau County and the Nassau County Commission of Human Rights, has planned two events that pay tribute to the leader of the American Civil Rights Movement, who was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

“On Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day we commemorate the spirit of freedom, equality and dignity of all races,” Mangano stated. “Together, we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and remember the difference we can make in our local communities by exemplifying the qualities of compassion and brotherhood, thereby developing more harmonious relations among all people.”

An Ecumenical Interfaith Service is planned for Sunday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Zion Cathedral Church of God in Christ, located at 312 Grand Ave. in Freeport. There will be a Free Will Offering. Additional information is available by contacting Reverend Phillip Elliott at 516-572-1933.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 31st Annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon will be held on Monday, Jan. 18, at 11:30 a.m. at the Marriott Hotel, 101 James Doolittle Boulevard in Uniondale. Mangano will serve as honorary chairperson for the event. Honorees include: Retha Fernandez, Bishop Lionel Harvey, Acting Police Commissioner Thomas C. Krumpter, Dr. Chuck Madu, Melvin Harris Jr. (posthumously) and Donald Monti.

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 $75. Register early for best seating. For additional information contact Rodney Mcrae of the Nassau County Commission on Human Rights at 516-571-5977.