MLK & LI: Martin Luther King, Jr. and Long Island
by Allison Singh, Illustrated by Sergio Garzon
This year, give young people a lesson about Martin Luther King, Jr. that didn’t happen miles away. It happened here, on Long Island.
Martin Luther King, Jr. visited Long Island several times to bring attention to the civil rights struggles happening right in our home towns. School segregation battles rocked Amityville and Malverne. Levittown, long celebrated as “America’s first post-war suburban development” prohibited sale to non-Caucasians. There were protests, hunger strikes, marches and burning crosses.
It all happened here.
All of it, and more.