New Yorkers honor life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

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The US clergyman and civil rights leader Martin Lu

Martin Luther King Jr. in Paris, 1966 is honored today around the country. ( AFP/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — Elected, community and religious leaders and other New Yorkers are remembering Martin Luther King Jr. with church services, feeding the hunger and other service projects.

Monday is a federal holiday to honor the slain civil rights leader.

Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to speak at a tribute to King at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Later in the day, the mayor, Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer and other officials are participating in a forum sponsored by Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network.

The New York City Coalition Against Hunger says it expects more than 150 volunteers to participate in its “MLK Serve-a-Thon” community service projects at 12 city locations.