Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Committee of Nassau County, Inc.
On April 27, 1984, President Reagan signed legislation establishing the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday Commission. The Commission called for federal coordination of efforts to encourage organizations and people of diverse backgrounds to develop appropriate commemorative observances of the holiday. In honor of this great American, County Executive Edward P. Mangano and the people who live and work in Nassau County continue to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Winners of the Youth Essay Scholarship Awards are presented at the luncheon. Scholarships are sponsored, in part, by the Sikh Forum and the Urban League. In the 26 years since the Birthday Celebration Committee was established, more than $250,000.00 in scholarships have been awarded to the bright, talented, deserving youth of Nassau County.
Appropriately, an Interfaith Service is held on the eve of the holiday. Hosted at different houses of worship each year, constituents of various religious communities come together in peace and solidarity to honor Dr. King. Renowned speakers, priests, preachers, rabbis, Imams, soloists, cantors, choirs, and choruses have participated in services in churches, and synagogues in the true spirit of ecumenism; in the true spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Birthday Celebration Committee welcomes volunteers, donors, sponsors and supporters. We invite the business, religious and educational communities to join the government, labor and youth in support of this county-wide commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
T H E B O A R D o f D I R E C T O R S
Julius O. Pearse, President
Gerald G. Wright, Esq., Vice President
Rev. Reginald Tuggle, Executive Secretary
Parveen P. Chopra, Ph.D., Treasurer
Wilma Tootle, Exec. Chair Youth Education Committee
Audrey Hadden, Public Relations
Rodney H. McRae, Executive Committee Chairman