2022 MLK Day of Service:
Events In New Jersey Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK Day of Service: Events In New Jersey

MLK Day is observed on the third Monday of January each year (January 17, 2022) to pay honor to Dr. Martin Luther King and to the principles for which he lived and died.

State of NJ

NJ COVID 19 Update:
At this this time, New Jersey has lifted all COVID-19 Restrictions.

We  continue to recommend viewers contact the event sponsors before heading out to a listed event to confirm their status.

MLK Day  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: 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.

Northern New Jersey 2022 MLK Jr. Events

Community Day: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Monday, January 17, 2022:12:00 PM
The Newark Museum of Art
49 Washington St
Newark, NJ
Free Event
Honor Martin Luther King, Jr. with an afternoon of performances, tours, and activities that will bring to the forefront those who have worked behind the scenes to create unity and equality. Make your own dream mobile, stop by our photo booth, or try your hand at some trivia. Bring the entire family and join in for a day of remembering those who have fought for freedom and civil rights. Snacks & light refreshments will be provided by Eclectic Catering.

YMCA of Newark 51st Anniversary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast
Monday, January 17, 2022
The YMCA of Newark 
Newark NJ
Contact: 973-624-8900 Email: : INFO@NEWARKYMCA.ORG
Today, we're striving to open our doors even wider for more people to benefit from our life enhancing Y programs and services. With 140 years behind us, and many more ahead, we face an uncertain future with hope, confidence and a renewed commitment to serving many diverse communities.

Central New Jersey 2022 MLK Jr. Events

SEED MLK Commemorative Breakfast
January 15, 2022; 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Hyatt Regency Princeton
102 Carnegie Center
Princeton, NJ 08540
Cost: $55
Servants Endeavoring to Empower and Develop (SEED) Male Mentoring Program will host this year's MLK Commemorative Breakfast with the Honorable Mayor Ras Baraka of Newark being the key note speaker.
The mission of SEED is to prepare our youth for greatness as they make changes in their environment through self-awareness, social etiquette and individuality. Their vision is to cultivate the mindset of our youth and establish them as role models in their community through change.

Dr Martin Luther King Jr Day – Community Bagel Breakfast + Art-Making
Monday, January 17, 2022; 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Arts Council of Princeton
102 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ
Free Event
The Arts Council of Princeton will be celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This free event will include: Bagel and coffee community breakfast Family-friendly art-making MLK quote lawn signs + posters: Decorate a sign celebrating Dr. King's life, teachings, and civic engagement to display on your lawn or in your window Emblem Making and Protest History with the Historical Society of Princeton Canned foods drive to benefit RISE Food Pantry This program is free, but RSVPs help organizers plan.

Arts Council of Princeton Celebration of the Life & Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
Monday, January 17, 2022; 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Arts Council of Princeton
Paul Robeson Center for the Arts
102 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542
609 -924 -8777
Free and open to everyone.
Join the Arts Council of Princeton as they celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This free event will include: Bagel and coffee breakfast Family-friendly art-making MLK quote lawn signs + posters: Decorate a sign celebrating Dr. King's life, teachings, and civic engagement to display on your lawn or in your window Emblem Making and Protest History with the Historical Society of Princeton Canned foods drive to benefit RISE Food Pantry.

Spend MLK Day in Nature
Monday, January 17, 2022: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Mountain Lakes House
57 Mountain Ave
Princeton, NJ
Friends of Princeton Open Space, a nonprofit dedicated to land preservation, is hosting a Day of Service in Nature in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Please help us continue our work on the Riparian Restoration Project: Restore the Lakeshore! at the Billy Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve in Princeton, New Jersey. Volunteers will work under the guidance of our Natural Resources and Stewardship Director, Anna Corichi, to identify and remove invasive plants species, such as burning bush (Euonymus alatus) and multiflora rose (Rosa multiflora). We will also install deer-exclusion caging around native tree and shrub saplings to protect them from browse and rut.

West Windsor MLK Day of Service Virtual Panel Discussion
January 17, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
West Windsor Arts Center
952 Alexander Rd.
Princeton Junction, NJ
(609) 716-1931
West Windsor Arts is partnering with the African American Parent Support Group (AAPSG) and the WW-P youth chapter of the NAACP to create a "day on, not a day off." Our goal is follow the example set by Dr. King to contribute positively to our community through our service.
1. Sign up and complete your project(s) in advance. 2. Deliver to the West Windsor Arts Center on January 17th between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. 3. Our volunteers will accept them and help deliver them to the organizations.

Southern New Jersey 2022 MLK Jr. Events

Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast @ Rowan University
Monday, January 17, 2022 @8:30am.
Eynon Ballroom, Chamberlain Student Center
201 Mullica Hill Road
Rowan University
Glassboro, New Jersey 08028
Website - Registration
856-256-4059, polk@rowan.edu
Celebration: 9:00 a.m. Webex Day of Service: 10:30 a.m. Webex (details pending)
Cost: Tickets In-person: $75 Table of eight: $600 Virtual event: $25 Students: Free (must be currently enrolled) Volunteer only tickets are also available.
Join us for an uplifting virtual gathering in recognition of a true American visionary, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Enjoy breakfast and remarks from Master of Ceremonies, Rick Williams, and Keynote Speaker, Tiffany D. Cross.

Stockton University Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
January 17, 2022; @ 8:30am
Stockton University
101 Vera King Farris Drive
Galloway, NJ 08205-9441
(609) 652-4256
Volunteer registration and event information
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is Stockton University's signature annual day of service. It brings together over 900 students, community members and community partners, and often encompasses over 25 projects both on- and off-campus. The goal of days of service are to provide an intensive, community-wide experience for students and to introduce them to partners where they can serve long term and develop an ongoing relationship.

Ocean City Martin Luther King Jr Ceremony
January 17, 2022; 12:00pm — 3:00pm
Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center
at Ocean City High School (entrance on beach block of Sixth Street)
Ocean City, NJ 08226
The event brings the community together to remember Dr. King through words, song and dance. The City of Ocean City annually honors residents of Ocean City with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Awards. This award is given to someone who exemplifies the philosophy and ideas of the late Dr. King, who worked to advance civil rights, equal education, labor rights, voter rights and who fought racial inequality through non-violence and civil disobedience.
They are seeking nominations for citizens who could be honored with this award. Complete our online nomination form or print a form here. Due to the continued uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, the City of Ocean City will be evaluating our Events Calendar on an on-going basis. As events are confirmed they will be posted to the City Calendar as well as our events page.

Martin Luther King Day of Service at Rutgers–Camden
Monday, January 17, 2022; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Rutgers - Camden
326 Penn St
Camden, NJ
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.

New Jersey MLK Day Events: Virtual and/or Multiple Locations

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 33rd Annual Virtual Commeration
Friday, January 14, 2022; 8am
The YMCA of Greater Monmouth County
The YMCA of Greater Monmouth County proudly celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at our Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration, being held virtually this year. For 33 years, this event has brought together community members of all ages, races, and backgrounds to celebrate Dr. King's legacy and recognize those among us that strive to put his words into action today. Please join us as we grow support for social justice, and the important work of Dr. King and today's civic leaders.
Hear from respected leaders of our community, including: 2022 Human Dignity Award Honoree | Rabbi Sally Priesand, The first female ordained Rabbi in America Keynote Speaker | Andrea McChristian, Law & Policy Director at the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice

Jersey Cares Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Monday, January 17, 2022
At various locations throughout New Jersey Website (Information, volunteering & registration) The 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.
This year, volunteers will honor Dr. King's legacy through a variety of virtual projects. Interested in volunteering? Click the website link above to register for a project today!

41st Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Virtual Scholarship Breakfast
January 17 2022; 10am - 12pm
This is a Zoom event.
@ The Ivy League Educational Foundation, Inc.
Trenton/Mercer County, NJ.
Web Site
Contact: Lauren Washington; at lauren.washington10@gmail.co
Event Cost: $45
Join in for the 41st Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Virtual Scholarship Breakfast using Zoom. The Annual Breakfast is hosted by the Ivy League Educational Foundation of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Epsilon Upsilon Chapter, Ms. Sherri Washington, Chairperson.  The event will open at 8:00 a.m. for vendors and the program will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m.  Vendors will also be available after the program. This year’s theme is “Paying it Forward: Honoring our Next Gen Dreamers”.  The guest speakers are Mr. Davon Reed, Guard for the Denver Nuggets and Ms. Chimere Haskins, Humanitarian, Entrepreneur, Writer and Mrs. New Jersey 2020.   Our community service awardees are Trenton Track Club and Hoops Skillz Elite. They will be recognized for their work in the greater Trenton community. There will also be musical entertainment.
Tickets are $45; the full cost of admission is tax deductible. Registration/tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite https://euo41stmlk.eventbrite.com.