City and School District Honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Civil Rights Leader Remembered with Purpose and Passion at 35th Anniversary Program

January 23, 2018, Glen Cove, NY…On a bitter cold January day the warmth of the Glen Cove community was apparent as students, families, teachers, clergy, musicians and dancers joined together with government officials to recognize the 35th Anniversary of Glen Cove’s Annual March and Commemorative Program.  While the march became a motorcade due to the frigid weather conditions, over 50 cars participated in a procession from the First Baptist Church to the Wunsch Auditorium at the Robert K. Finley Middle School.  With program oversight from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Commemorative Commission, under the leadership of chairwoman Sheryl Goodine, the group brought the program’s 35th Anniversary theme, “Transforming Dr. King’s Dream into ACTION,” to life through words of wisdom, gospel, reflections, song, dance and performance.

The program was co-hosted by Ms. Goodine, commission chairwoman and Glen Cove High School Assistant Principal Allen Hudson III.  The morning’s presentation featured a Color Guard with the Glen Cove Police and Volunteer Fire Departments and Boy Scout Troop #6, the Glen Cove High School Select Chorale, the Glen Cove High School Drumline, the Glen Cove Middle School Choir, the ESOTA Dance Company, the First Baptist Church Adult Choir, a poem reading by Victoria Crosby and a reading of Dr. King’s moving “I Have A Dream” speech by special guest Andrew Culbreath, a freshman performance major at Five Towns College.  In his remarks, Glen Cove Mayor Tim Tenke encouraged students to embrace Dr. King’s legacy and continue their efforts to take a stand and take peaceful action for the things in life that are important to them.  Reflections were shared by the Rev. Roger C. Williams, Pastor of the First Baptist Church, Superintendent Clarence Johnson, Pastor of the First Church of God in Christ, Narinjam Kaur of Interfaith and Rev. Mark Fitzhugh of St. John’s of Lattington Episcopal Church.

Mayor Tenke and U.S. Congressman Tom Suozzi also took a moment to recognize the 35th Anniversary of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Commemorative Commission and presented commission members with a special citations of appreciation for their commitment to carrying on Dr. King’s legacy in the City of Glen Cove.

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Photo Credit:  Tony Gallego, Gill Associates

Photo #1:  A group of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Commemorative Commission members (first row L to R) Katharine Ham, Rev. Gia L. Hall, Stanfort Perry, Sheryl Goodine and Harriet Downer are joined by local government officials (top row, L to R) Judge Richard McCord, Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, Councilwoman Marsha Silverman, Mayor Tim Tenke, New York State Senator Jim Gaughran, Councilwomen Pamela Pazenbeck and Donna McNaughton with Councilmen Joseph Capobianco and Nick DiLeo Jr. at the 35th Anniversary of Glen Cove’s  Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative program.

Photo #2:  The Glen Cove High School Select Chorale under the musical direction of Edward Norris perform at the 35th Annual Commemorative Program in honor of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Photo #3: The ESOTA Dance Company under the direction of Ms. Kerry Edge enthralled the audience with their moving dance routines with the movie “4 Little Girls: Portraits of the American Civil Rights Movement” playing in the background.