Written by Jill Nossa Friday, 01 February 2013 00:00
For more than 35 years, February has been recognized as Black History Month, and Glen Cove has a long tradition of honoring the diversity in this community.
“We celebrate diversity as an asset to be nurtured in Glen Cove,” said Dr. Joseph Laria, superintendent of the Glen Cove School District, at the recent birthday commemoration ceremony for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Here in Glen Cove, we are blessed to educate all of the children of the world.”
Diversity was, in fact, the theme of the 29th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration held on Monday, Jan. 21, when city officials, school administrators and local clergy came together to highlight the values Dr. King stood for, and to remember to keep his dream alive.
Mayor Ralph Suozzi, who received a citation from County Executive Ed Mangano’s office for his commitment to hosting the annual event, said, “I see faces of mankind in one community. Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed of equality and his lessons are timeless…there is no picking and choosing who to accept. In Glen Cove, we all work together, which makes it a special place to be.”
The Voices of Peace Choir and the Glen Cove High School Select Chorale performed selections including “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and “Glory, Glory Hallelulah.” The high school drum line also performed for the crowd, making the day’s celebration both moving and entertaining.
Orion Marchese, a member of the Birthday Commemorative Commission, said, “Diversity is the glue that holds us together…when you peel back all the pieces, we are all in essence the same…it is up to us to teach our children to teach others as equals…we are unalike and equal.”
Rev. Betsy Simpson spoke about what she said was a climate of fear in the U.S., ans how children are suffering as a result. She stressed the importance of “building a loving community in America.”
“The struggle is not over,” said Rev. Alfred Evans. “Peace comes before diversity. We must remember his dream not just for one day, but every day of the year. Love one another, stop hating on one another. You must carry on the fight.”