Celebrating MLK Day Around New Jersey With Song, Speech & Service

On Monday, January 15, Americans will be celebrating the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Here is a brief roundup of activities for those looking for community observances in New Jersey:

Photo: Newark Museum

MLK Jr. Day Community Celebration at the Newark Museum

From noon-5 pm, this special community day includes musical and spoken word performances, hands-on activities for all ages. The Newark Museum will also honor Dr. King’s legacy with a dramatic reading of his Letter from Birmingham Jail and will be showing the “I Have a Dream” speech.

More information here. 

2018 Dr. Martin Luther King Observance & Fair, Maplewood

Join the South Orange-Maplewood community for this annual celebration of Dr. King’s life and legacy. The celebration includes music and affirmations. Larry Hamm of the People’s Organization for Progress will be the speaker. The Volunteer Fair follows immediately in the Columbia High School cafeteria where attendees can visit with many local service organizations and nonprofits to learn about their work and sign up to volunteer. All are welcome.

More information here.

Rutgers-Camden Martin Luther King Day of Service

Each January, Rutgers University–Camden answers a national call to service to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Volunteers, families, and community members come together to participate in a day of action, both on the campus and in the community.

More information here.

MLK Day of Service: “Clearing the Way for Spring” at the Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit

Join in with the Reeves-Reed Arboretum Horticulture Department for a morning of outdoor work. Please dress warmly, wear sturdy shoes and bring a refillable water bottle. Work gloves and water will be provided. Please note that this session will not take place if there is inclement weather or hazardous conditions. For weather related updates, call the number above or check the home page of our website. Please check back for a full schedule of MLK Day events. Best suited for volunteers ages 14 and up. Jan. 15, 9 a.m. to noon.

More information here. 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Morris Museum

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by making a peace wreath. Information about Martin Luther King Jr. will also be available. Handouts and information about the life and mission of Martin Luther King Jr. will be available. Appropriate for children all ages. 12:00-2:00pm. Members: FREE, Non-Members: $3

More information here. 

Photo: Jersey Cares

Jersey Cares Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, Various Locations in NJ

For the 9th Annual Jersey Cares Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, 1,700 volunteers will participate in 20 service projects spanning two days. Volunteers will honor Dr. King’s legacy while displaying their own leadership skills as they brighten dull walls with fresh paint, spend time with seniors, paint murals, and organize donations. Volunteers throughout New Jersey will work to embody Dr. King’s vision and bring people of all ages and backgrounds together strengthening their communities.

Sign up for a volunteer service activity here.