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Queens to celebrate the legacy of Martin
Luther King Jr. with events around the borough
BY BILL PARRY
Residents of southeast Queens will have
a unique way to honor Rev. Martin Luther
King Jr. on his national holiday.
On Monday, Jan. 20, state Senator James
Sanders Jr. is hosting a STEM education
event called “Blueprints for Success” in
Far Rockaway from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at
10-45 Nameoke St.
Sanders explained that in one of Martin
Luther King Jr.’s last speeches, “What’s
in your Life’s Blueprint,” the civil rights
icon reminds students to take advantage
of the opportunities presented to them
to ensure that they are prepared for the
ever-changing world. In an age of technological
domination, the big question to
ask is, “What does the future look like in
2020 and beyond?”
Participants at the event will engage in
workshops and hear panel discussions
geared toward exposure to future opportunities.
Th e goal of the tech event is to
promote economic growth and job creation,
and to provide career transitions
that benefi t all of southeast Queens.
“Dr. King famously spoke about having
a blueprint for life that includes the
determination to achieve excellence in
your various fi elds of endeavor, so it is
only fi tting that we honor his legacy with
an educational event that will help the
community be prepared
for a technologically
Sanders said. “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Day is a day of service and we are proud to
be serving southeast Queens and beyond
with this STEM-focused event.”
Th e event is open to the whole family
and entertainment will be provided by
Anselm Douglas, the Grammy-winning
singer and songwriter of “Who Let the
Dogs Out?” and guests will be treated to
a performance by the Rok Nation Dance
Participants must RSVP by calling the
senator’s district offi ce at 718-523-3069 or
718-327-7017 to reserve your seat or register
Elsewhere around the borough, the
Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New
York celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr.
Day with a presentation of the play “Th e
Day Harlem Saved Dr. King” on Monday
beginning at 11 a.m. Tickets are available
in the Allen Bookstore with a $35 donation
per adult and $15 for children under 12.
Th e Cathedral is located at 110-31
Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica.
Queens Public Library has a number
of free events taking place at several of its
branches across the borough celebrating
the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in
the coming days. For more information
visit QPL’s website.
Th e Robert Ross Johnson Family Life
Center in Jamaica will host its fi ft h annual
MLK Day of Service with a food drive
at their pantry located at 172-17 Linden
Blvd. from 1 to 4 p.m. Participants are
asked to bring non-perishable food such
as canned tuna, turkey spam, spaghetti,
macaroni, oatmeal, grits and bagged rice.
Th e center is also asking for donations of
Dr. Arthur Brian Leander of Queens
Village will receive the MLK Award from
Adelphi University. (Courtesy Adelphi
Meanwhile, a Queens Village resident
will be honored by Adelphi
University in Nassau County
on Monday. Adelphi’s A.
Brian Leander, Ph.D.,
will be presented with
the Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. Recognition
Award at the Long
Island Marriott in
Dr. Leander is the manager of training
and development in the Offi ce of Human
Resources leading numerous projects and
programs on campus and elsewhere that
advance diversity and inclusion.
“It is truly an honor,” Leander said.
“What it means to me is that some of the
things I’ve been doing at Adelphi and in
the community have impacted the lives
of others in a positive way that echoes the
work of Martin Luther King. Dr. King’s
legacy resonates far beyond the short
time he was on the planet, and I hope that
what I do in my life refl ects a part of that
For more information contact Taylor
Damian at 516-877-4040 or email at tdamian@
Queens celebrated Martin Luther King Day with several events around the borough.
Courtesy of Adelphi
Dr. Arthur Brian
Leander of Queens
Village will receive
the MLK Award from