Peekskill Groups To Honor King's Legacy This Weekend

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The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. will be honored at two events this weekend in the Peekskill area.
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. will be honored at two events this weekend in the Peekskill area. Photo Credit: File

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – The legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. will be celebrated this weekend in the Peekskill area.

On Sunday, The Preservation Company will have its ninth annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at 4 p.m. at Colonial Terrace, 199 Oregon Road in Cortlandt Manor. Reservations are $65 and include dinner, light entertainment and an art auction.

Performances will honor King and Charlie Scott, who died while performing at the 12 Grapes Restaurant on Martin Luther King Day. Scott devoted his life not only to his own music but also to bringing music into the lives of children by providing instruments and lessons at no cost to those with a passion to learn.

Sculptor and musician Maxwell Kofi Donkor will create a sculpture and perform the drums in a piece about his encounter with King.

Tuesday Paige McDonald, singer, director, and songwriter, will share her song "Dr. King’s Melody" from her gospel CD, "Restore Me." Her song is featured in Preservation Company video interviews on YouTube and Facebook.

The event will also honor members Estelle Jamison, Irene Jones, Norma White, Norman Haight, Frank Pugliese and the late Scott.

For more information, call McDonald at 914-734-8906 or visit the event's website.

On Monday at 3 p.m., the Peekskill Area Area Pastor's Association and Mt. Olivet Baptist Church will sponsor their 29th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Worship Service at Peekskill Middle School.  

All are welcome to attend this popular area event, which will feature a 100-voice youth choir. Admission is free. Peekskill Middle School is located at 212 Ringgold St. 

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