Local officials, community join together to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Americans across the nation are paying tribute to civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, and in the Tri-State he is being honored with events and acts of service.
“Let’s make it a great day of community service,” said Yolanda Renee King, Dr. King’s granddaughter. “A day of brotherhood. A day of sisterhood. A day of using your platform for good.”
Several events will take place in the five boroughs to honor Dr. King, including the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s annual tribute.
The event will be attended by Governor Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams, along with civil leaders and members of the community.
In Washington Heights, dozens of volunteers for the United Jewish Appeal Federation of New York honored King with a day of service. They packed food for City Meals on Wheels for homebound seniors struggling with food insecurity.
The meals will support people in need throughout NYC, Long Island and Westchester County.
Reverend Al Sharpton will hold an event in Brooklyn later Monday evening when he returns from D.C.
King would have turned 93 on Sunday. President Joe Biden delivered a speech during Sunday service at King’s Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.
King’s only living sister was in attendance for Biden’s speech.
“We have to choose a community over chaos, are we that people are going to choose love over hate?” Biden said. “These are the vital questions of our time and the reason why I’m here as your president. I believe dr. King’s life and legacy show us the way we should pay attention.”
It was 60 years ago King organized the pivotal march on Washington in August of 1963 where thousands showed up in support of civil rights.