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Long Island, NYC events celebrate legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.



MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. EXHIBITION. Photos, letters, documents relating to the life of the civil rights leader, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, African American Museum of Nassau County, 110 N. Franklin St.,, free, through March 31, 516-572-0730.

Wednesday, Jan. 13


KING LUNCHEON. Meal and guest speaker Rev. Sedwick V. Easley of Union Baptist Church in Hempstead, noon Jan. 13, Hempstead Senior Community Center, 40 Washington St., free but must reserve, 631-565-1568.

Thursday, Jan. 14


KING CELEBRATION. Celebrate the life and message of King and make a peace banner. For grades K-6; children 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required, 4 p.m. Jan 14, Hempstead Library, 115 Nichols Court, / hempstead, 50-cent materials fee, 516-481-6990, ext. 15.

Friday, Jan. 15


DOCUMENTARY, "KING IN CHICAGO." Not rated, 2009 film about King's involvement in Chicago Freedom Movement of 1966, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Jan. 15, Freeport Library, 144 W. Merrick Rd., /freeport, free, 516-379-3274.


KING SHABBAT SERVICE. Event honors relations between blacks and Jews. Elaine Gross, president of ERASE Racism, will be guest speaker, 8-10 p.m. Jan 15, Temple Beth-El, 5 Old Mill Rd., free, 516-487-0900.


KING CELEBRATION. Service celebrates life and legacy of King, refreshments, 6:30-9 p.m. Jan. 15, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 291 Park Ave., free, 631-549-5014.


"THE MAN IN ROOM 306.'' Portrait of King set in Memphis the night before his assassination; Craig Alan Edwards stars. Previews begin Jan. 15; show runs through Feb. 14; 7:15 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:15 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2:15 and 8:15 p.m. Saturday, 3:15 and 7:15 p.m. Sunday, 59E59, 59 E. 59th St., 212-279-4200,, $35.

Saturday, Jan. 16


WORDS HAVE POWER. Ages 6 and older can examine impact of King's "I Have a Dream" speech and create poem collages, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Jan. 16, also Sunday, Monday, Brooklyn Children's Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave.,, free with museum admission, 718-735-4400.


DOCUMENTARY, "THE GATES OF EQUALITY." Highlights political and human side of King, 7 p.m. Jan. 16, African-American Museum of Nassau County, 110 N. Franklin St.,, free, 516-572-0730.


"THE DREAM LIVES ON IN ME'': 2010 Award Dinner Dance honoring various community leaders and contributors; 6 p.m. Jan. 16 at Martin Luther King Center, 615 Riverside Blvd.; $65 individual, $520 table of 8; 516-889-6300.


KING DAY DIVERSITY CRAFT. Participate in a community art project celebrating cultural diversity; all ages, at Belvedere Castle, rain or shine, located in mid-Central Park at 79th Street, noon-3 p.m. Jan. 16,, free, 212-772-0210.


KING CELEBRATION CONCERT. Features Paul Paoli and band, Tom Brennan and the Jesus Alive Praise Band. Bring a nonperishable food donation, 7-9:30 p.m. Jan. 16, Gospel Community Church of Sayville, 138 Greeley Ave.,, freewill offering, 631-589-2642.

Sunday, Jan. 17


"DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.: A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE." Biographical film will be played all day Jan. 17 on a constant loop, also Jan. 18, Best Bargain Books, 217 Middle Country Rd., best, free, 631-737-7777.


"MISSISSIPPI BURNING." Film about the civil rights movement, rated R, guest speaker and discussion follow, 2-5 p.m. Jan. 17, Freeport Library, 144 W. Merrick Rd.,, free, 516-379-3274.


GOSPEL SONS CONCERT. Performance under direction of minister of music Sam Simpson, 3 p.m. Jan. 17, Long Beach Library, 111 W. Park Ave., nassaulibrary .org / longbeach, free, 516-432-7201.


HONORING KING. Downtown Music Productions honors King with a concert recital with a special guest baritone and pianist, 3 p.m. Jan. 17, St. Mark's Church in the Bowery, 131 E. 10th St. at Second Avenue,, $12, 212-477-1594.


KING SERVICE. Musical performance and church service, 10 a.m. Jan. 17, Christ Church, 61 E. Main St., free, 516-922-6377.

Monday, Jan. 18


"KIRIKOU AND THE SORCERESS." African folk-tale film is among family King Day programs, noon-2 p.m. Jan. 18, Museum of the Moving Image, 35th Avenue at 36th Street,, $7, free ages 7 and younger, 718-784-4520.


KING CELEBRATION SERVICE. "We Lift as We Climb," Bethel AME Church, 20 Simmons St., 10 to noon Jan. 18, luncheon follows, free, 631-842-8463.


KING CELEBRATION. Mother's Club of Wheatley Heights presents a short play, poetry and songs honoring King; register; 1:30-2:30 p.m. Jan. 18, Half Hollow Hills Community Library Dix Hills Branch, 55 Vanderbilt Pkwy., hhhlibrary .org, free, 631-421-4530.


DREAMING WITH MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. Children 5 and older can explore King's life and make a painting of peace for the museum mural, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Jan. 18, Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave.,, $3 with museum admission, $10, 516-224-5828.


KING COMMEMORATION. Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi invites all to 9 a.m. march on Jan. 18 from First Baptist Church on Continental Place and through downtown to Wunsch Arts Center on Forest Avenue. Celebratory program follows at Finley Middle School follows, 1 Forest Ave., free, 516-676-2004.


Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast. First Baptist Church of Riverhead will host 8 a.m. breakfast on Jan. 18 featuring keynote speaker Rev. James A. Forbes of Riverside Church in Manhattan. Tickets available through Jan. 16 at church office 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. (No tickets sold at door.); 631-727-3446; $50 per person, $500 table of 10.


MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. PARADE: Starts 9 a.m. Jan. 18 at Town Hall, Main and Front streets, and ends at Faith Baptist Church Cathedral, 145 N. Franklin St., followed by brief ceremony; 516-528-0605.


MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. MARCH AND LUNCHEON. Begins 11:30 a.m. Jan. 18 at Laurelton Boulevard and Park Avenue and ends at Long Beach Martin Luther King Center for luncheon at 12:30 p.m.; 516-889-6300


ARTISTS CELEBRATE KING. Performers include Klezmatics, Daniel Bernard Roumain and Lemon Anderson. Presented by Jewish Community Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. Jan. 18, seating limited, 6:30 p.m., Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street,, free, 212-864-5400.

BLUES IN THE CHURCH. Juilliard Jazz Ensemble and Mulgrew Miller celebrate King with a program inspired by Mississippi church music, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Jan. 18, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, 33 W. 60th St.,, $20, $10 students, 212-258-9595.

Sunday, Jan. 24


"A TRUE GLOBAL VILLAGE." Event honors King. Food and refreshments from various cultures, representatives from local organizations, 2 p.m. Jan. 24, Uniondale Library, 400 Uniondale Ave., free, 516-489-2220.

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