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New York City’s first lady joins students at Hollis school for MLK Day activities

| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

Dozens of determined kids and the first lady of New York City spent Martin Luther King Jr. Day making peace quilts and writing letters to American soldiers overseas.

Chirlane McCray dropped into workshops being held in the junior high school, Susan B. Anthony Academy, mingling with pre-teens and discussing King’s emphasis on education.

“We pray that you are safe on this day,” McCray read aloud from the letter she had written to  American soldiers. “As Martin Luther King said, ‘When it is darkest, that is when we see the stars.’”

In honor of King, Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation hosted workshops for schoolchildren across New York City to create peace quilts and participate in other activities. On a day when most students relaxed at home, dozens of 11-,12- and 13-year-olds came to their school in Hollis on Monday.

“I wanted to come here today instead of just sitting at home doing nothing,” said Manuel Moreno, a seventh-grader who has been with the foundation program for a year to get help with math. “I’m getting more knowledge here and they teach us how to control ourselves.”

The foundation holds after-school workshops for students, who spend their time working on homework and subjects that they have difficulty with. With school out of session on Monday, the students spent the day on activities meant to reflect King’s ideals.

McCray spoke with children as they wrote letters to soldiers, among other activities. One student asked McCray if she liked her job.

“When I get to spend my day with kids like you, it’s the best,” she said.


Lincoln’s preliminary Emancipation Proclamation to be exhibited

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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In a rare public exhibit, one of the nation’s greatest documentary treasures — President Abraham Lincoln’s preliminary Emancipation Proclamation — will be on display at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post on Monday, October 15 and Tuesday, October 16.

The draft document banishing slavery in America was written in Abraham Lincoln’s own handwriting in 1863. It will be on display along with the Emancipation Proclamation Centennial Commemoration Speech written and delivered in 1962 by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the centennial anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

The public may view the documents from 1 to 9 p.m. on both days. School groups, by reservation, will receive guided tours from 9 a.m. to noon. This is the only Long Island location to host the exhibit, titled “First Step to Freedom: Abraham Lincoln’s Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.” Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

“LIU Post and Tilles Center for the Performing Arts are pleased and honored to join with the New York State Education Department and SUNY College of Old Westbury in presenting these national treasures to the community,” said Dr. Paul Forestell, provost of LIU Post. “The abolition of slavery transformed our country. To be given the opportunity to see the very pieces of paper that Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr. touched is a powerful experience.”

The exhibition is made possible by the New York State Education Department and is being offered in partnership with LIU Post, LIU Votes, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts and SUNY College at Old Westbury.

LIU Post (formerly known as the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University) is located at 720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville, Long Island. Visit www.liu.edu/post/freedom for more information or call 516-299-3500.


MTA reduces subway service for “minor holidays”

| mpantelidis@queenscourier.com

New York City subway riders may notice they are waiting a little longer for the train today.

Columbus Day marks the first time the MTA has implemented its “minor holiday” schedule.

After studying minor holidays, the agency discovered ridership levels are often less than 75 percent of peak ridership. The reduction in service on these days will be smaller than the reduction in ridership, according to the MTA. This is a pilot program that will see expansion if successful.

The changes affect the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 lines. The agency estimates it will save $200,000 annually.

The “minor holidays” that will see service reduced are: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Good Friday, Columbus Day, the Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve (when it falls on a Monday through Thursday), three weekdays following Christmas and New Years Eve (when it falls on a Monday through Thursday).