Written by Jill Nossa Friday, 21 January 2011 00:00
The City of Glen Cove held the 27th Annual Commemorative Program in honor of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, beginning with a march down Forest Avenue and ending at Finley Middle School’s Wunsch Auditorium. Local government officials, school board members, pastors and residents joined together to celebrate the life and achievements of Dr. King.
The program included musical performances by the Glen Cove High School Select Chorale, who led the audience in a rendition of Lift Every Voice and Sing and helped set the tone for the program honoring the dream of Dr. King.
Sheryl Goodine, vice principal of Glen Cove High School and host of the program, explained that this year’s program theme came from the word “Harambe,” the Swahili word for “working together in unity.” The speeches and performances addressed this theme.
Reverend William Wendler, Pastor at Glen Cove United Methodist Church, gave the invocation, stating, “Let us not be satisfied with equality for blacks and whites and not for our brown brothers and sisters…let us continue the struggle begun by Dr. King.”
Interim Superintendent Dr. Joseph A. Laria spoke about some of the values Dr. King held, saying he was an “extremist for peace, an extremist for love, and an extremist for non-violence.
“Let us all be for the principles he lived and died for; he embraced freedoms for all people… diversity is an asset to be nurtured - working toward the dream is our calling.”
Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi stated that this 37-year-long tradition was started just three years after the death of Dr. King, when his father was mayor of Glen Cove, and said he was proud to lead the community “on the same journey toward equality and human justice.”
“Dr. King’s actual voice may have been silenced, but the words continue to be heard today, “ Mayor Suozzi said. “Why are we here today? We are here in part to celebrate how far we’ve come, and also to remind ourselves the job is not finished. We must continue the dream.”