The Dugger children, from left, Gavin, Emerson and Jackson, compare...

The Dugger children, from left, Gavin, Emerson and Jackson, compare the portraits they created of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during a visit to the Long Island Children's Museum in 2016. Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa Loarca

Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which in 2020 falls on Jan. 20, was established as a holiday in 1983 to honor the legacy of the civil rights leader.

JAN. 17 


BOOK DISCUSSION AND CRAFT Children in third through fifth grade are invited to a discussion of the book “Who Was Martin Luther King Jr.?,” by Bonnie Bader, and to make a craft, 4 to 5 p.m., Uniondale Library, 400 Uniondale Ave.; free, register; 516-489-2220, ext. 213,

FILM: 'FREEDOM SONG' Drama starring Danny Glover and Vicellous Reon Shannon, (2000, rated TV-14, 1:52), 3 to 5 p.m., Uniondale Library, 400 Uniondale Ave.; free; 516-489-2220, ext. 204 or 205,

JAN. 18 


UNITY WALK In celebration of the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Longwood Schools, in partnership with Middle Island Teachers Association and the Coram Fire Department, hosts a half-mile walk at 10 a.m.. The walk begins at Coram Elementary School, 61 Coram-Mount Sinai Rd., and ends at the Coram Firehouse for a complimentary lunch (11 a.m.) with live performances and a student art exhibit (11 a.m.-3 p.m.); free; 631-345-2949.


Otis Jermaine Becoat of Hempstead prepares to march in the...

Otis Jermaine Becoat of Hempstead prepares to march in the 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. parade in Hempstead Village. The 2020 parade is scheduled for Jan. 20, when it begins at 9 a.m. at Kennedy Memorial Park, 335 Greenwich St., in Hempstead. Credit: Howard Schnapp

MEDITATION: TRANSCENDING HATE Honor King's life at a retreat: 11 a.m. to noon, meditation on the beauty of inner peace; noon to 12:30 p.m., break and refreshments; 12:30 to 2 p.m., meditation on practicing nonviolence and skillful action. All welcome, no meditation experience necessary. African American Museum of Nassau County, 110 N. Franklin St.; $7 suggested donation, register in advance; 315-256-1635,


PRESENTATION: 'THE ANATOMY OF PREJUDICE' Guest speaker Jane Elliott shares the problems of racism, sexism, ageism, homophobia and ethnocentrism, and our responsibility to illuminate and eliminate them from our lives and our environment, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., networking mixer; 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., presentation; Melville Marriott, 1350 Walt Whitman Rd.; $25, register; 631-867-8704,

LEGACY GALA The Islip NAACP celebrates trailblazers from various organizations with special awards for exemplary achievements; music, a keynote address by Jane Elliott; exhibitors, and more; 7 p.m. to midnight, Melville Marriott, 1350 Walt Whitman Rd.; $150, register, includes dinner and open bar; 631-867-8704,

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta...

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King, lead a march from Montgomery, Alabama, to the state capitol on March 19, 1965. Credit: AP


CELEBRATION Celebrate King’s birthday with keynote speaker Pastor John David Wright and a performance by students from Roosevelt High School, 2 p.m., Roosevelt Library, 27 W. Fulton Ave.; free; 516-378-0222, ext. 4,


UNITY FESTIVAL: BUILDING THE BELOVED COMMUNITY ACROSS GENERATIONS Honors King's life, legacy and vision  with guest panelists, audience participation, breakout sessions, light refreshments, music and nonprofit organization exhibitors, noon to 4:30 p.m., Setauket Presbyterian Church, 5 Caroline Ave.; free; 631-928-4317,


MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: 'WE ARE THE DREAM' Celebrate MLK Day with a live performance by Dance Space New Life Entertainment, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Uniondale Library, 400 Uniondale Ave.; free; 516-489-2220, ext. 204 or 205,

JAN. 19


ECUMENICAL SERVICE In observance of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., with keynote speaker Rev. Gilbert Pickett of the Eastern Baptist Association, 7 p.m., Second Baptist Church, 800 McKenna Place; freewill donations accepted; 516-572-2259,


MASS AND CELEBRATION Service in honor King followed by a reception, 11 a.m., St. John of God Church, 84 Carleton Ave.; free; 631-662-1844, 631-234-1884,


INTERFAITH CELEBRATION AND CHOIR CONCERT "Righteous Anger: How Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Used Love to Confront Injustice," with keynote speaker Tracey Edwards of the Long Island NAACP, and four choirs representing different cultural traditions and musical genres. Presented by Abraham’s Table of Long Island, 6 to 8 p.m., The Suffolk Y JCC, 74 Hauppauge Rd.; free, bring a food donation; 631-462-9800,


GOSPEL MUSICAL APPRECIATION CONCERT Gospel music and songs performed by Gospel Sons and special guests, 3 p.m., Long Beach Library, 111 W. Park Ave.; free; 516-432-7201,

JAN. 20


DAY OF SERVICE Make lunch for the guests at the Helping Hands Rescue Mission in Huntington Station and take action to end hunger, all ages welcome, 10:30 a.m., Kehillath Shalom Synagogue, 58 Goose Hill Rd.; freewill cash donations accepted to support the program; 631-367-4589,


SERVICE The Copiague Madrigal Choir and Amityville High School Jazz Band performs, a luncheon follows, 10 a.m. at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 20 Simmons St; free; 631-842-8463.  


CELEBRATION AND DAY OF SERVICE Poetry, music and songs honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., presented by The Mothers Club of Wheatley Heights, 2 to 4:30 p.m., Half Hollow Hills Community Library at Chestnut Hill School, 600 S. Service Rd.; free, bring new socks to donate to the Gerald J. Ryan Outreach Center of Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Catholic Church in Wyandanch; 631-421-4530,


DAY OF SERVICE Volunteer to assemble more than 30,000 meals to be donated to those in need, 11 a.m., registration begins; 11:15 a.m. to noon breakfast, service learning, and craft projects; noon to 2 p.m., meal assembly; all ages are welcome, Sid Jacobson JCC, 300 Forest Dr.; free, register;, 516-484-1545.


AIN’T NO STOPPING US NOW! MLK IS STILL THE WAY! Celebrate the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with the sounds of Motown performed by Jerome “City” Smith and the City Sounds Music Ensemble, 1 p.m. (library closed by theater is open for this event), Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Tpke.; free; 516-354-5280,


ADVOKIDS: PEACEFUL PAINTINGS Children 5 and older are invited to pay tribute to King’s message of peace by creating a colorful collage of the dove of peace, 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m., Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave.; $4 with museum admission of $14, $13 older than 65;, 516-224-5800.


COMMEMORATIVE MARCH AND PROGRAM March begins at 8:45 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 7 Continental Place, and ends at the Wunsch Arts Center, at Robert M. Finley Middle School on Forest Avenue, where there will be program at 9:30 a.m.; free; 516-676-2000,  


MEMORIAL BREAKFAST Hosted by the First Baptist Church of Riverhead, 8 to 10:30 a.m., Hyatt Regency Long Island, 1717 Motor Pkwy.; $60; 631-727-3446.


PARADE Starts at Kennedy Memorial Park, 335 Greenwich St., continues to Redeem Tabernacle Church, 39 W. Graham Ave., where a brief ceremony takes place, 9 a.m.; free; 516-478-6286, 631-683-5552,


MEDITATIONS HONORING THE LIFE OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. Practice nonviolence in a four-session retreat: 10 to 11 a.m., meditation on equanimity; 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., meditation on patient acceptance; 1:15 to 2:15 p.m., meditation on equalizing self and others; 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., meditation on exchanging self with others. All welcome; no meditation experience necessary. Kadampa Meditation Center, 282 New York Ave.; $5 suggested donation per session, $20 for entire retreat, register; 631-549-1000,

NAACP JUBILEE PROGRAM. The NAACP Huntington Branch will host a Jubilee Program in honor of Martin Luther King Day. Frederick K. Brewington, a Long Island civil rights lawyer, will speak at Bethel A.M.E. Church, 291 Park Ave. at 7 p.m.


TRIBUTE AND COMMEMORATIVE MARCH The City of Long Beach honors the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with a tribute from 10 to 11 a.m. at Town Hall on Chester Street, followed by a march starting at Laurelton Boulevard and West Park Avenue and ending at the Martin Luther King Center, 615 Riverside Blvd., all welcome; free; 516-889-6300,


DAY OF SERVICE Take part in the MLK Day of Service: Changing the World One Dream at a Time packing event, creating packages that directly support those struggling with food insecurity and poverty on Long Island, 9:45 a.m. to noon, Mid- Island Y JCC, 45 Manetto Hill Rd.; register; to participate, bring any of the following: apples, oranges, carrots, potatoes or onions; 516-822-3535, ext. 347,


DAY OF PEACE, UNITY PRAYER SERVICE AND CONCERT Multifaith celebration brings together musicians, community members and food from different religious and cultural backgrounds; celebrate differences and promote peace and unity; food and fellowship follows, 2 to 4:30 p.m., The Bates House, Frank Melville Park, 1 Bates Rd.; free; donations of socks, underwear, razors or towels accepted for Pax Christi men's shelter; 631-240-3471,


SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS LUNCHEON Honoring Pastor Bishop Phillip Elliot, Rabbi Judy Cohen-Rosenberg, Jacob Dixon and A. Brian Leander, Ph.D., benefits high school seniors seeking higher education, 11:30 a.m., Long Island Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 101 James Doolittle Blvd.; $100, register; 516-571-5977,

JAN. 21


CELEBRATION Performances and poetry to express what the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. means to so many and to celebrate his contributions, noon, Glen Cove Senior Center, 130 Glen St.; free for celebration; $3 suggested donation for optional lunch, call 516-676-6182 to register,  

JAN. 23


LECTURE: MARTIN LUTHER KING AND THE HISTORY OF CIVIL RIGHTS Professor Zebulon Miletsky of Stony Brook University discusses the powerful influence of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., 2 to 3 p.m., Brentwood Library, 34 Second Ave.; free, register;, 631-273-7883, ext. 123.


FILM: 'SELMA' Biographical historical drama starring David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo and Tim Roth (2014, rated PG-13, 2:08), 1:30 p.m., Lindenhurst Library, 1 Lee Ave.; free; 631-957-7755,

Compiled by Gina Tabarus and Daniel Variano

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