2019 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 21, 2019) 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.

2019 MLK Day Events in Northern New Jersey

Dr. MLK, Jr. Celebration: CeCe Winans, Anthony Brown, JJ Hairston
Friday, January 18, 2019 @ 8:00 PM
New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Newark, NJ
Be inspired by the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at NJPAC's annual musical tribute, an all-star gospel celebration featuring CeCe Winans, Anthony Brown & group therAPy, JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, and a special guest speaker to be announced.

YMCA of Newark 48th Annual Memorial Breakfast Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Friday, January 19, 2019, @ 8:00 AM
Robert Treat Hotel
50 Park Place
Newark NJ
Website (for information and tickets)
This event features guest speaker Reverend Shawn T. Wallace, Sr. of the St. Johns Baptist Church, Scotch Plains, NJ . This breakfast allows us to take time from our busy schedule to remember and reflect on Dr. King’s vision of a community and world of peace, love and understanding

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Celebrating Freedom & Community
Monday, January 21, 2019; noon - 4 pm
Newark Museum
49 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102-3176
This event features a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a day of films, musical performances, tours and hands-on workshops for the whole family. The event will honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and help fulfill his dream of building a "beloved community" while passing on his message of freedom and equality to future generations.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service: "Clearing the Way for Spring"
Monday, January 21, 2019: from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Reeves-Reed Arboretum
165 Hobart Ave.
Summit, NJ 07901
Appropriate for all ages; children must be accompanied by an adult
Registration is required
Join in with their 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.

Kinard Family Helping Hands - MLK Day of Service
January. 21, 2019; 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
1 Ferry St
Newark, NJ 07105
Contact: Florence Kinard Mason, fm8377@gmail.com
This will be the Kinard Family Helping Hands 6th Year of a "Day of Service" honoring Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.
They feed the homeless by serving a hot meal, distributing toiletries, gently worn and/or new clothing. They also collect and disseminate information from various shelters, medical providers and other organization in the area where they can go for housing, medical needs, etc. Most importantly, we provide a hug and a smile.

Scotch Plains Fanwood Martin Luther King Day of Service
Monday, January 21, 2019: 9:30am - 5pm
The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA
1340 Martine Ave
Scotch Plains, NJ
Opening Program & Volunteer Fair @ 9:30am
"Adults and families welcome! Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King! Join in song and celebration! Learn about volunteer opportunities in our community!"
Please note: Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all MLK Day activities.

NJCU 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast
January 23, 2019: 10:30am - 12pm
New Jersey City University
Room 225, Guarini Library
2039 JFK Blvd
Jersey City, NJ 07305-1597
Web Site/Tickets
Event Contact: Will Guzman, Phone: 201-200-3524, Email: wguzman@njcu.edu
Event Cost: $25 for Seniors & all students; $50 for all others
This event features Keynote Speaker: Raymond M. Brown, Attorney, Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP and Author/Activist, International Justice Project.
Former NJ Governor "Jim" McGreevey is scheduled to introduce Attorney R.M. Brown.
There will also awards:
Two $1,000 MLK Scholarship recipients: Ms. Katlyn Turner & Mr. Scion Rae Wellington 2019 "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award" recipient: Sheila Kirven, NJCU Education Services Librarian

2019 MLK Day Events in Central New Jersey

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Education/Scholarship Luncheon
Saturday, January 12, 2019; 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Pines Manor
2085 Route 27 (Lincoln Hwy)
Edison, NJ 08817
Tickets (Ticket Donation: $65.00. $40.00 of the ticket donation is Federal Tax Deductible)
This event features Keynote Speaker: Angela Burt-Murray. Angela Burt-Murray is a Senior level Media Executive and former Editor-in-Chief of Time Warner's ESSENCE magazine. She authored the bestselling thriller Games DIVAS Play, in development at BET for a television series,

"We Shall Overcome" --- A Celebration of MLK, Jr
Friday, January 18, 2019; 8:00pm
McCarter Theatre Center
91 University Place
Princeton, NJ
Inspired by the words and action of Dr. King, We Shall Overcome features repertoire from across the African American music traditions that electrified generations of civil rights activists and defenders, interwoven with spoken word from Dr. King's speeches. Led by the talented Damien Sneed, the musical lineage ranges from traditional gospel to jazz, Broadway, and spirituals.

MLK Anniversary Event
January 21, 2019: 8:30am
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel
200 Atrium Drive ​
Somerset, NJ 08873 ​
Tickets (Early Bird tickets $30 through Monday, January 7, 2019. Last Day to Purchase Tables of 10 is Monday, January 7, 2019)
This event, serving a breakfast buffet, is a ​celebration of the life, mission, and teachings of Dr. King, featuring Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Tiffany M. Williams Former Administrative Law Judge and Founder of The Esther Project​.

38th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast -- "Due Process: A Reality vs. A Dream"
Monday, January 21, 2019; 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village
201 Village Boulevard
Princeton, NJ 08540
Tickets The ticket cost is $40.00 Until December 31, 2018 On January 1, 2019 the price increases to $45.00.
Doors will open at 8:00 a.m. and the Breakfast will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. The theme of our 2019 Breakfast is: "Due Process: A Reality vs. A Dream".

West Windsor MLK Day of Service/Food and Clothing Drive

Monday, January 21, 2019; 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
West Windsor Arts Center
952 Alexander Rd.
Princeton Junction, NJ
(609) 716-1931
Website Register on-line
Join in for a day of service projects, speakers, music, and friends. Activities for the whole family. Register online for a timeslot at www.westwindsorarts.org. Donate goods in advance or bring them with you.
Donations of the following items needed: New children's pajamas; children's books; children's toothbrushes, toothpaste; shelf-stable (i.e. Parmalat) reduced fat milk (8oz.); single serving cereal bowls or boxes; tuna salad with crackers ready to go; microwavable pasta or soup bowls; peanutbutter to go; grape jelly in plastic containers; single serve fruit cups; granola bars; shelf stable pudding cups

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. --- The Economic Dream
January 20, 2019; 3:00pm - 5:00pm
New Jersey State Museum Auditorium
205 West State Street
Trenton NJ
Website - Event Details
This event is free and open to the public.This year's program will include guest speakers, music, and arts all of which will honor the life and legacy of Dr. King in law and justice. This is open to the general public. So invite your friends, families, colleagues, neighbors, and whoever you believe will be interested in attending an event that reminds us that justice, equality, and peace are attainable.

Arts Council of Princeton Celebration of the Life & Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
Monday, January 21, 2019: 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.
This family-friendly event includes a free community breakfast and conversation with speakers Tracy K. Smith, National Poet Laureate and Rev. Lukata Mjumbe, recently-appointed pastor at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, art and history activities, a canned food drive, a story circle with jaZams and a live music performance by the First Basptist Church Choir of Princeton.

Annual YMCA Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast

Monday, January. 21, 2019; 8 - 10 a.m.
Branches Catering
123 Monmouth Road
West Long Branch, NJ
732.671.5505, ext. 110
Website (for information and tickets)
Tickets: Adult $30 Youth $10 (12 & under) Table $250 (Ten guests)
This event features Keynote Speaker Rev. Ronald L. Sparks Pastor of Bethel AME Church, Freehold.
As part of this special occasion, they invite high school students who are currently YMCA members or program participants to enter our student essay contest on the following theme: America is facing a social crisis. If Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were alive today, in your own words, what do you think he would do to bring people together? Two essays will be selected as grand prize winners and will receive a $500 scholarship for their education, generously donated by Hackensack Meridian Health and New Jersey Natural Gas, as well as a full-year youth membership to The Community YMCA or YMCA of Western Monmouth County. Winners of the student essay contest will read their winning essays at our commemorative breakfast.
Deadline: December 20, 2018 at 5 p.m. Download Application

2019 MLK Day Events in Southern New Jersey

Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration & Award Ceremony
Monday, January 21, 2019; 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Paris Caterers
281 Berlin - Cross Keys Road
Berlin, NJ 08009
Come out and meet our leaders that are being honored this year. This program is also filled with amazing surprises and performances that will have you galvanized. The focus this year in celebrating this great civil rights leader will consist of highlighting local leaders and their impact. Our theme this year is Encourage the Vision....Empower the Future.
Attendees wil get to enjoy a full buffet breakfast with a fresh omelet station.

33rd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast @ Rowan University
Monday, January 21, 2019 @9:30 a.m.
Eynon Ballroom, Chamberlain Student Center
201 Mullica Hill Road
Rowan University
Glassboro, New Jersey 08028
Website - Tickets
Tickets $75 per person
This year's keynote speaker will be Nevil Shed to honor the life and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Mr. Shed made a mark in history in 1966, when he and his African - American Texas Western College teammates "The Miners", under the leadership of Coach Don Haskins, beat the all-white University of Kentucky, coached by the legendary Adolph Rupp, and won the NCAA championship. The significant moment became a turning point in the civil rights movement and was an instrumental in transforming the future of college athletics. Throughout his illustrious career, Shed has received numerous awards and honors. In fact, the 1966 "Miners" have been the subject of many documentaries, books, newspapers and magazines articles and the motion picture, Glory Road, which was released in 2006. It centers on how one team triumphed against the odds and changed America Forever. Just one year later, the entire 1966 team was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
All proceeds will support the William H. Myers Scholarships Program.

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Monday, January 21, 2019; @ 8am
Volunteer registration and event information
Volunteers will be able to choose a location at one of the following:
Galloway Campus, Hammonton, Tuckerton Seaport/Manahawkin, Woodbine, or the Atlantic City Campus.
Registration and Breakfast begin at 8:00am, the Program & Celebration will begin at 9:00am, Service Projects run from 10:00am - 2:00pm.
All volunteers will receive breakfast, lunch and a free give-a-way.

Gloucester Township’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Monday, January 21, 2019; 8:30 am - noon
Charles W. Lewis Middle School
875 Erial Road
Blackwood, 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 21, 2019; 8am - 12:30pm
Rutgers -Camden
326 Penn St
Camden, NJ
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.

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