Local MLK Day Services and Events to Honor Dr. King’s Legacy

MLK Day Services and Events
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Monday, January 17 is the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday, aka MLK Day. It’s the perfect opportunity for Americans to honor King’s legacy through service. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community.

In 1994, Congress designated the holiday a day of service, asking Americans to observe it as a “day on–not a day off” in honor of King’s words, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing for others?”

You can find ways to serve on the Day of Service website here, and you can always support a local nonprofit, but below are local services and events to attend:

  • Fleet Feet Montclair is hosting an MLK Day Unity Run / Walk on Sunday, January 16 beginning at 8 am. The 5k route will start at Nishuane Park near the black granite tear-drop-shaped monument dedicated to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. & Coretta Scott King. They will be collecting toiletries for Toni’s Kitchen. You can also drop them off at Fleet Feet until Martin Luther King Day on January 17.

Local MLK Day Services and Events

  • On Sunday, January 16, the Newark Museum of Art will host a Virtual Panel: Monumental Voices on art, equity, and activism and how the creative power of the arts helps keep the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. alive.
  • Union Baptist Church of Montclair will host a virtual  Interfaith Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Worship Celebration on “Moving Toward Community Together” on Sunday, January 16 at 11 am with guest speaker Larry Hamm.
  • The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race will host its 21st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance on Monday, January 17 at 4 pm live on YouTube. The theme of this year’s observance is “Serving Something Greater Than Ourselves,” and is based on Dr. King’s call “to discover some cause and some purpose, some loyalty outside of yourself and give yourself to that something.” This interfaith observance will include performances, stories, and ways to connect to volunteer opportunities.

MLK Day Services and Events

  • The West Orange Human Relations Commission invites you to join the town’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. program on Monday, January 17 at 10 am. The program will be pre-recorded and available for viewing on January 17th at 10 am via the West Orange Human Relations Commission Facebook page.
  • The annual Jersey Cares Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service engages people across the state to embody Dr. King’s vision and bring people of all ages and backgrounds together, strengthening their communities and building a stronger New Jersey. Volunteers across the state will come together to honor Dr. King’s legacy through a variety of projects. Find a volunteer opportunity here.

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