2006-01-25 / Features

Bloomberg, Sabini, Peralta, Aubry Celebrate MLK Day

Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke at the Elmcor Louis Armstrong Beacon Community Center in Corona on Martin Luther King Day January 16.
Photo Dr. Dan MillerMayor Michael Bloomberg spoke at the Elmcor Louis Armstrong Beacon Community Center in Corona on Martin Luther King Day January 16. Photo Dr. Dan Miller New York City honored the memory of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in dozens of special ceremonies around the city. The largest event in Queens commemorating the slain civil rights leader was held at the Elmcor Louis Armstrong Beacon Community Center in Corona.

Dr. Lawrence Miller, Elmcor Beacon Community Center executive director, reminded the audience that King should be remembered for his approach to recognizing that each person should be measured by his integrity, not by the color of his skin. Other speakers included Mayor Michael Bloomberg, state Senator John Sabini and Assemblymembers Jose Peralta and Jeffrion Aubry.

Bloomberg was greeted by hundreds of local schoolchildren who spent their holiday painting various community centers in Corona and East Elmhurst. The mayor said King “was one of those people who didn't complain. He was one of those people who went out to make the world a little bit better. I think his very strength was that he understood that we were making progress but that progress should be [an impulse] to a lot more. And he understood just how far we had to go. But it didn't discourage him.”

Another King commemorative program was held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, where Bloomberg was joined by United States Senator Charles Schumer and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. The mothers of two civil rights workers slain during a voter registration drive in Mississippi in 1964 were interviewed as part of the program.

—Dr. Dan Miller

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