MLK Day is observed on the third Monday of January each year (January 16, 2017) to pay honor to Dr. Martin Luther King and to the principles for which he lived and died.
The holiday also celebrates the life and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the history of the civil rights movement in the United States
The other component of the MLK holiday is "The Day of Service" which fosters his legacy by transforming the federal holiday into a national day of community service grounded in his teachings of nonviolence and social justice.
The idea is to make the holiday a day where people of all ages and backgrounds come together to improve lives, bridge social barriers, and move our nation closer to the " Community” that Dr. Martin Luther King envisioned.
On MLK Day, many of the events throughout NJ are set up for volunteers as a day of service to the community.
Note: This information is provided by event sponsors as a free service to our viewers. Sometimes conditions require cancellations or changes of dates, times and location which are not reflected in the original schedule. Before planning a trip to visit one of the listed events, it is suggested that you call the event sponsor to confirm the event schedule or for additional information on the event.
Stay tuned --- we will be updating this list as the event sponsors confirm this year's events.
Annual Princeton University Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Monday, January 16, 2017; Exhibition and seating begins at 1:00 p.m.
Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall
(Alexander Hall is located behind Nassau Presbyterian Church, opposite Palmer Square on Nassau Street
Website - Event Details
This event features a celebration of the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The event, is free and open to the public.
Annual YMCA Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast
Monday, January 16, 2017, 8-10 a.m.
123 Monmouth Road
West Long Branch, NJ
732.671.5505, ext. 110
Website (for information and tickets)
This event features guest speaker Richard T. Smith President of the New Jersey State NAACP.
The memorial event will include musical selections and the winner of an essay contest among YMCA high school participants. High school students participating in programs at The Community YMCA or the Western Monmouth County YMCA are encouraged to enter the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. essay contest.
31st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast @ Rowan University
Monday, January 16, 2017 @9:30 a.m.
Eynon Ballroom, Chamberlain Student Center
201 Mullica Hill Road
Glassboro, New Jersey 08028
Website - Tickets
Contact: Marc Robb, Assistant Director of Advancement Services, at 856-256-4500 x 3377
$75 per person
This year's keynote speaker will be former U.S. Secretary of Labor, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Alexis Margaret Herman, to honor the life and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Morris Museum
Monday, January 16, 2017: 12:00-2:00pm
6 Normandy Heights Road
Morristown, New Jersey 07960
This call to service features the making of a symbolic "peace bus". 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.
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey 13th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Monday, January 16, 2017; @ 8am
At the Galloway, Hammonton, Manahawkin, Atlantic City & Woodbine Locations
Information & Registration
This year's Martin Luther King Day of Service will feature Stockton's 13th anniversary of celebrating Dr. King.
Stockton will be hosting the largest service day to date.
Gloucester Township’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Monday, January 16, 2017; 8:30 am - noon
Charles W. Lewis Middle School
Gloucester Township, NJ
This event features the joining io on Mayor David Mayer, Township Council, Gloucester Township Public Schools, and friends and neighbors by volunteering your time to fulfill Dr. King's dream of helping others. As Dr. King once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: "What are you doing for others?" Your participation will allow you to engage in fun and worthwhile service projects that have a lasting impact on our entire community.
8:30 A.M. Registration and Continental Breakfast
Martin Luther King Day of Service at Rutgers–Camden
Monday, January 16, 2017; Beginning @ 8am
t326 Penn St,
Schedule & Registration
This event features 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. Activities are open to students, faculty, and staff of the university; their families; and children and adults from across the City of Camden and the State of New Jersey.
Note: Parking Available in all lots except Lot C 12