BY NATHAN DUKE
Queens will celebrate the legacy of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. this weekend through Monday with a variety of events throughout the borough that include musical performances and ceremonies.
On Jan. 13, Atiles & Associates will present MLK Honors 2018 at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, located at 161-04 Jamaica Ave. This year’s honorees include Carl Clay, of Black Spectrum Theater; Donald Atkins, of The Eagle Academy; Jacques Leandre, of the Rosedale Jets; Adrienne Strother-Brown, of Dance Explosion; Jessica Douglas, of the mayor’s office; Rev. Dr. Phil Craig, of the Greater Springfield Community Church; Paul City, of Young LYFE; and Kenny Carter, of Fathers Alive in the Hood. The event will take place at 6:30 p.m.
Queens College’s Kupferberg Center for the Arts, located at 65-30 Kissena Blvd. in Flushing, will commemorate King’s life on Jan. 14 with a performance by Sweet Honey in the Rock, an all-woman, African American a cappella group that has released 24 recordings and received three Grammy nominations since forming in 1973. Letitia James, the city’s public advocate, will provide the keynote speech for the event and Hazel N. Dukes, president of the NAACP New York State Conference and a member of the national board of directors, will be recognized with a special award.
On Jan. 15, which is recognized nationally as Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) will host an event at 1 p.m. celebrating the civil rights leader at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center. The three-hour celebration will feature a number of special guests and performances by Southeast Queens groups. Last year’s event was attended by James, Comptroller Scott Stringer, U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) and U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY).