How Long Island is Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day

By: Jessica Coacci
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How Long Island is Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day

In memory of Martin Luther King Jr, several events on the Island are taking place. Members of the Elmont community led a walk this morning in the spirit of the holiday.

The walk was organized by the group Elmont Strong. The non-profit organization is action-oriented and pledges to respect, restore, protect and conserve the community to improve the quality of life in Elmont. 

The walk started at 9 a.m. at the Elmont Public Library on Hempstead Turnpike and ended at the same place. The walk lasted about an hour and completed a loop around Elmont. 

Sarah Campbell, one of the founders of the group, and mother to children in the Elmont school district, attended the walk. “The setting was one of the community where people were walking together, talking, and laughing,” she said.

Wearing masks, gloves and carrying signs, members of the Elmont community gathered peacefully and walked to honor the life of MLK. “Even though it was cold, the sun was shining and everyone was in amazing spirits,” she added. 

People in surrounding areas and members of the organization and the community gathered for the walk. There was a mix of different races including white, Black, Asian, Indian and more. 

Later today at 6 p.m., there will also be a panel discussion hosted by the Nassau County Office of Minority Affairs (OMA) on King’s legacy and more.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Inc. Pi Pi Omega Chapter is also accepting donations in honor of the iconic figures birthday for their virtual food pantry. The food will be donated to the Westbury Neighborhood House. If you’re interested in donating, click here.

For more information on Elmont Strong click here.

Jessica Coacci

Jessica Coacci

Jessica Coacci is a journalist at Stony Brook University. She is a Long Island Native and advocate for social justice, diversity and environmental policy. She plans to seek change locally and nationally through her informative reporting. Instagram @Jessicacoacci Twitter @JessicaCoacci__

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