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As snow fell silently outside the North Fork United Methodist Church in Cutchogue Sunday, cries of celebration could be heard inside, where the Southold Town Anti-Bias Task Force had organized an event to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.

Over 100 people gathered not only to remember the message Dr. King spoke of five decades ago, but also to continue spreading his beliefs today.  READ

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The following editorial was published in the April 12, 1968 issue of The Suffolk Times, one week after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. It was taken from The Christian Science Monitor.

For many months the United States has wrestled with two awesome problems. The one within, the other without. Few could have foreseen that the week now ending would have brought such epochal developments in both. What happened on Sunday [rioting], it might be argued, was necessary. What happened on Thursday [the assassination] was not. It was an act of savage and brutal folly.  (more…)

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Darlene Shelby, 4, and Jonah Conologue, 7, getting dessert ready for a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration in Greenport. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder photos)

Darlene Shelby, 4, and Jonah Conologue, 7, getting dessert ready for a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration in Greenport. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder photos)

A celebration honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was held Monday at the Clinton Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Greenport.

Volunteers served community members free dinners with all the fixings and an assortment of desserts.

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Southold Elementary teacher Patty Mellas helps students Ben Ward, Aidan Russell, both 11, and Tate Klipstein, 10, pack care packages for veterans. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Southold Elementary teacher Patty Mellas helps students (from left) Ben Ward and Aidan Russell, both 11, and Tate Klipstein, 10, pack care packages for veterans. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Dozens of volunteers used their time off from work or school on Martin Luther King Day to participate in a number of community service projects across town.

A first for the Southold Youth Bureau, the Dr. King Day of Service event paired volunteers with a number of service organizations that were in need of helping hands.

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Reverend Dr. Hildreth McGhee playing the piano at the Orient Congregation Church on Sunday. Rev. McGhee was the keynote speaker at Southold Town Anti-Bias Task Force's Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Reverend H.G. McGhee playing the piano at the Orient Congregational Church on Sunday. Rev. McGhee was the keynote speaker at Southold Town Anti-Bias Task Force’s Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Be thankful for progress.

That was the message at Sunday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration in Orient,  where community members gathered at the congregational church to remember the slain civil rights leader.

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The Rev. Dr. William Earl Thomas (center) with celebrants at the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial ceremony at Orient Congregational Church in January. Southold Town is looking to expand upon the annual event with a day of community service. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

The Rev. Dr. William Earl Thomas (center) with celebrants at the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial ceremony at Orient Congregational Church in January. Southold Town is looking to expand upon the annual event with a day of community service. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Southold Town is thinking big for its annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Two days worth of events will kick off with the Anti-Bias Task Force’s annual celebration of Dr. King’s life and his contributions to the civil rights movement. The celebration is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 18, at 4 p.m. at Orient Congregational Church and will be hosted by the Rev. Dr. H.G. McGee of First Baptist Church of Bridgehampton.  (more…)

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RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Rashad Robinson, executive director of ColorofChange.org, speaks at Monday's Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Rashad Robinson, executive director of ColorofChange.org, speaks at Monday’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast.

When Riverhead native and civil rights advocate Rashad Robinson took to the podium Monday at the 29th annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast at the Hyatt Regency Wind-Watch Hotel in Hauppauge to deliver his keynote address, he didn’t mince words about his views on the current state of race relations in the United States. (more…)

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KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Greenport resident Christopher North reads an excerpt from Martin Luther King Jr's  "I Have a Dream" speech.

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Greenport resident Christopher North reads an excerpt from Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

The Southold Town Anti-Bias Task Force held a memorial program in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. at the Orient Congregational Church in Orient Sunday afternoon. (more…)