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From National Action Network and New Hope Baptist Church: On Monday, January 20th NE Regional Director of NAN Pastor Steffie Bartley and the National Action Network (NAN) will gather to honor the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and empower residents to use Dr. King’s teachings to combat the rise of hate crimes across the state. Speakers include Pastor Steffie Bartley, Governor Phil Murphy, Attorney General Gurbir Singh Grewal, Pastor Anthony Wilcots and various prominent elected officials and community leaders as NAN convenes change-agents at events across the nation to reflect Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy. National Action Network has been dedicated to the fight for justice and equality for decades by taking the teachings of Dr. King and applying them to the modern civil rights agenda. Attendees: Pastor Steffie Bartley, Senior Pastor, New Hope Baptist Church and NE Regional Director of NAN Governor Phil Murphy Attorney General Gurbir Singh Grewal Pastor Anthony Wilcots, Bible Day, Houston, TX – Special Guest Preacher Ras Baraka, Mayor of Newark Local elected officials and community leaders More information.

From Maplewood Arts and Culture and Express Yourself Studios: Express Yourself Studios will host its 12th annual “Celebrate Dr. King: Explore the Dream Through Art” workshop, Monday, January 20, 11 AM – 2:00 PM (on the hour). Learn about Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement through art. Families with children between the ages of 4-12 are welcome to participate in an art project exploring the themes of Peace, Equality, Friendship, and Community. The first 15 families to pre-register will receive a copy of the inspired reading for the day “Martin’s Big Words (Big Words): The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” by Doreen Rappaport and illustrator Bryan Collier. More information.  

From National Action Network and Metropolitan Baptist Church: On Monday, January 20, Rev. Dr. David Jefferson, Sr., and Metropolitan Baptist Church will host ‘The Quest for Economic Inclusion’ to roll out a strategic agenda for minority businesses in search of economic inclusion in the state of New Jersey. Speakers ranging from U.S. Senator Cory Booker to NJ Office of Diversity and Inclusion CDO Hester Agudosi will educate attendees to navigate capital funding ahead of the 2021 budget season. Attendees: Dr. David Jefferson, Pastor, Metropolitan Baptist Church and NJ State/Board Member, National Action Network Cory Booker, United States Senator & Former Presidential Candidate Hester Agudosi, Esq. Chief Diversity Officer; NJ Office of Diversity and Inclusion Dr. Randal Pinkett, Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO; BCT Partners Clarence Williams, Managing Director; Semper Capital Management, LLP Jacob Walthour, Jr., Co-Founder & CEO; Blueprint Capital Advisors, LLC Steven J. Van Kuiken, SP; McKinsey & Company Shavar Jeffries, Partner; Lowenstein Sandler, LLP Vivian Cox Fraser, President; Urban League of Essex County More information.

From South Orange Performing Arts Center: Grammy Award winner and Emmy Award nominee, Eileen Ivers, continues to push the fiddling tradition boundaries from a Folk music staple to a fiercely fresh, powerfully beautiful, intensely driving world stage experience. Eileen has performed with Sting, ‘Fiddlers 3’ with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Regina Carter, Patti Smith, Al Di Meola, The Chieftains, was the groundbreaking Musical Star of Riverdance, a founding member of Cherish the Ladies, a former member of the Hall & Oates band, a featured instrumentalist on soundtracks including “Gangs of New York” and “Back to Titanic” and she is one of the most awarded All-Ireland Fiddle and Banjo champions ever. More information.


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