Nassau County, NY - January 5, 2016 - 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 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.
“Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an incredible man and leader whose insight helped to create a new understanding of universal peace and humanity in our society,” said County Executive Mangano. “On Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day we commemorate the spirit of freedom, equality and dignity of all races. 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, January 17th, at 7:00 p.m. at the Zion Cathedral Church of God in Christ, located at 312 Grand Avenue 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, January 18th, 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: 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.