Pictured Above: This past summer, where Martin Luther King stood at the Lincoln Memorial during his “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963.

Good Morning!

• Today will be partly sunny, with a high temperature near 46 degrees but wind chill values between 25 and 35 early, with a west wind 10 to 15 miles per hour. It will be partly cloudy overnight, with a low around 28. Tuesday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 40 and Wednesday will be partly sunny, with a high near 37.

Suffolk County reported 1,541 new cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours ending Sunday, with 7.6 percent of people tested testing positive. There are currently 820 people hospitalized with the virus, with 139 of them in ICU and 22 percent of hospital beds available. The county reported 17 new deaths from the virus, bringing the death toll here to 2,577 people.

• Martin Luther King, Jr., the civil rights leader who lost his life in 1968 fighting peacefully for the beloved community — a society based on justice, equal opportunity, and love of one’s fellow human beings — was born on Jan. 15, 1929, but today is the federal holiday celebrating what would have been his 92nd birthday. Schools, post offices and the stock market are closed, and this year, even the National Mall where he gave his most famous speech is closed due to Wednesday’s inauguration and the mob that overran the U.S. Capitol two weeks ago. But the internet is crowded with local celebrations:

• The First Baptist Church of Riverhead and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast Committee cordially invites the public to their 36th Annual MLK Celebration, a virtual event to be held this morning at 10 a.m. You can watch on Facebook or on YouTube. For more information about the event, you can also click here.  

• The Hamptons Doc Fest is celebrating with a free screening of the feature documentary “MLK/FBI,” the headline film of its December film festival, available from noon to midnight. The film goes to the depths of J. Edgar Hoover’s obsessive surveillance of Dr. King and the Civil Rights movement. Register to see “MLK/FBI” online here.

• Southampton’s Rogers Memorial Library will not hold its annual MLK breakfast, but is celebrating with a YouTube staff reading of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech, available to stream today.

• East End Arts in Riverhead has launched “The MLK Portrait Project,”
created to engage talented student artists across the East End by working together in unity, each creating an individual part, that ultimately becomes a whole. Portraits were created on individual 12 x 12 panels with mostly acrylic as a mosaic of images to construct images of Martin Luther King Jr. Four different portraits were created and each of the portraits contain 16 panels. Most completed portraits are a combination of two high schools.
Nine different Long Island high schools participated in the project, including Rocky Point, Mount Sinai, Greenport, Shelter Island, Riverhead,
Southampton, Center Moriches, Eastport-South Manor, & Bridgehampton. Portraits will be on display in a virtual gallery at eastendarts.org and
in each high school for one week.

Southampton High School’s tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.

• Hampton Bays Elementary School students in Erin McDermott’s class celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by learning about his life, achievements and dreams during a remote session on Friday. Using Nearpod, the students worked from home collaboratively and took a virtual field trip to the National Mall, where Dr. King had given his famous “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial. They visualized Dr. King’s dream, created drawings of what it would look like and discussed how his dream is evident today. The lesson culminated with the class brainstorming their own dreams that would make the world a better place. A top dream of students: “That everything is back to normal and everyone loves one another.”

• Here are some more ideas for how you can get involved virtually with the Martin Luther King Day of Service, from Volunteer New York.

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:

January 18
Plum Gut Harbor: 1:16 a.m., 1:34 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 12:24 a.m., 12:42 p.m.
Greenport: 1:53 a.m., 2:11 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 2:44 a.m., 3:06 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 1:48 a.m., 2:06 p.m.
New Suffolk: 3:15 a.m., 3:33 p.m.
South Jamesport: 3:22 a.m., 3:40 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 12:34 a.m., 12:46 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 10:55 a.m., 11:30 p.m.

January 19
Plum Gut Harbor: 2:08 a.m., 2:27 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 1:16 a.m., 1:35 p.m.
Greenport: 2:45 a.m., 3:04 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 3:32 a.m., 3:57 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 2:40 a.m., 2:59 p.m.
New Suffolk: 4:07 a.m., 4:26 p.m.
South Jamesport: 4:14 a.m., 4:33 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 1:21 a.m., 1:33 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 11:42 a.m.

And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.

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 editor@eastendbeacon.com

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