Martin Luther King | National Archives photo
Martin Luther King | National Archives photo

Just more than 50 years after Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech, the annual Day of Service, first organized by President Obama’s administration on Dr. King’s birthday in 2009, includes just a few events on the East End.

• As part of the Day of Service, Riverhead’s First Congregational Church is asking people to help out with its soup kitchen on Monday, Westhampton BOCES is looking for mentors and Bidawee in Westhampton is looking for pet foster parents.

• The Southold Town Anti-Bias Task Force will hold its annual celebration, this year titled “Rise Up and Restore the Dream,” at the Orient Congregational Church, 23045 Main Road in Orient, on Sunday, Jan. 19 at 5 p.m. Rev. Dr. William Earl Thomas, the pastor of St. John’s Baptist Church of Lakeview in West Hempstead, will be the keynote speaker.

• Riverhead’s First Baptist Church will hold its annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast at the Hyatt Place, 451 East Main Street, at 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20.

• Rogers Memorial Library at 91 Coopers Farm Road in Southampton will hold a community breakfast in celebration of Dr. King’s life at 10 a.m. Jan. 20. They’ll have fellowship, food, musical offerings by Sheree Elder, and a talk by Pastor Kirk Lyons, founder of the “Brother’s Keepers,” a ministry designed to address the needs and concerns of men. To register, call 631.283.0774.

• East Hampton’s Calvary Baptist Church at 18 James Lane will hold a special service honoring Dr. King at 1 p.m. on Jan. 20.

• The First Baptist Church of Bridgehampton, 141 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, will hold their celebration at 2 p.m. on Jan. 20.

• St. Paul AME Zion Church at 93 Montauk Highway at the light in Quogue will hold its celebration at 7 p.m. on Jan. 20.


Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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