December 19, 2016, Glen Cove, NY… The City of Glen Cove and the Glen Cove School District with program support from the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Birthday Commission is proud to announce the 33rd annual city-wide tribute to the late Civil Rights leader whose life and legacy elevated the critical importance of equality for all. “Glen Cove is one of two communities in New York State that has had a consistent commitment to honoring the words, teachings and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” said Sheryl Goodine, president of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Birthday Commission. “We are proud to continue this tradition and each year we welcome all area residents and students to join us in embracing the need for solidarity.”
The Glen Cove community will honor Dr. King on Monday, January 16, 2017 with a symbolic march from the city’s First Baptist Church to the Wunsch Arts Center of the Robert M. Finley Middle School. The day will begin at 8:45 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, 7 Continental Place. At 9:30 a.m. a commemorative program will dynamically bring to life the theme of this year’s presentation, “The Power of a Dream in a United Community.” Participants in this year’s program include the Glen Cove High School Select Chorale, Glen Cove High School Drumline, the ESOTA dancers and remarks by Glen Cove Mayor Reggie Spinello and local dignitaries.
For the first time in several years the event will also feature a special guest speaker, Mr. Joselo Lucero. After a family member was a victim of a horrific hate crime in 2008, Lucero has chosen to dedicate his life to fighting discrimination and preventing hate crimes on all levels. Lucero now serves as the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Hagedorn Foundation where he advocates for love and tolerance at local schools, colleges and other agencies and organizations.
Photo: Local residents participate in 2016’s unity march in honor of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.