2018 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 15, 2018) 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.

2018 MLK Day Events at various New Jersey Locations

Jersey Cares Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
January 15, 2018
At various locations throughout New Jersey
Website (Information, volunteering & registration)
For the 9th Annual Jersey Cares Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, 1,700 volunteers will participate in 20 service projects spanning two days. Volunteers will honor Dr. King's legacy while displaying their own leadership skills as they brighten dull walls with fresh paint, spend time with seniors, paint murals, and organize donations. Volunteers throughout New Jersey will work to embody Dr. King's vision and bring people of all ages and backgrounds together strengthening their communities.

2018 MLK Day Events in Northern New Jersey

NJPAC’s Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration 
Friday, January 12, 2018 at 8pm
New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Prudential Hall
Newark, New Jersey
Information & Tickets
Three of the most gifted and inspiring women in contemporary gospel music – GRAMMY Award winners Mary Mary and Tasha Cobbs – join forces for NJPAC's annual celebration of the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

YMCA of Newark 46th Annual Memorial Breakfast Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Friday, January 12, 2018, @ 8:00 AM
Robert Treat Hotel
50 Park Place
Newark NJ
Website (for information and tickets)
This event features a guest speaker. 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 15, 2018; 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. A full day of activities for the entire family honoring a great American. @ 1pm, the Film Viewing of " I Shall Not Be Silent" tells the story of civil rights activist and Rabbi Joachim Prinz, a refugee from Nazi Germany who came to the United States in 1937 and immediately identified with African-Americans experiencing the same kinds of oppression he had known as a Jew in Hitler's Germany. Prinz became a civil rights activist, working with Martin Luther King, Jr., Bayard Rustin and A. Phillip Randolph among others. Prinz spoke at the 1963 March on Washington just prior to Martin Luther King, Jr, with a speech entitled, The Problem is Silence.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service: "Clearing the Way for Spring"
Monday, January 15, 2018: from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Reeves-Reed Arboretum
165 Hobart Ave.
Summit, NJ 07901
Best suited for volunteers ages 14 and up.
Registration is required. To register or for more information, please contact Trish Cassin at 908-273-8787 ext.1616 or t.cassin@reeves-reedarboretum.org.
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.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Morris Museum
Monday, January 15, 2018: 12:00-2:00pm
Morris Museum
6 Normandy Heights Road
Morristown, New Jersey 07960
Members: FREE, Non-Members: $3
Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by making a peace wreath. 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.

2018 MLK Day Events in Central New Jersey

West Windsor MLK Day of Service
Monday, January 15, 2018; 9am - noon
West Windsor Arts Center
952 Alexander Rd.
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
Arts Council, and The African-American Parent Support Group are partnering to have their first MLK Day of Service. Families are invited to make personal care kits and decorate bags to donate to Arm In Arm families (personal care items will be supplied). A great event for pre-schoolers to teens! The aim of the event is to bring diverse communities together through service in order to build strong relationship and create the "Beloved and Inclusive Community" that Dr. King envisioned. Make it a Day on, not a Day off where everyone can be great because everyone can serve. Please join this fun-filled family event to benefit these families and honor Dr. King's legacy!

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Event
Monday, January 15, 2018; 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. Dr. King said, "We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right." So please take the time to join us at this year's commemorative event!

Annual YMCA Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast
Monday, January 15, 2018, 8-10 a.m. 
Branches Catering
123 Monmouth Road
West Long Branch, NJ
732.671.5505, ext. 110
Website (for information and tickets)
This event features guest speaker Pastor James Gates III. Pastor James L. Gates III, affectionately known as "Jamie" is a native of Neptune, New Jersey. He is a loving father of three children of his own and three BONUS children he gained when he married First Lady Willette Williams Gates on April 30, 2016. Presently, he is employed with the Newark Public School System as a journeyman in the Glazier's Union #1009. As an adult, he received salvation proclaiming Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. In February 1998, he accepted the the call to ministry and became a licensed Minister under the pastorate of Rev. James H. Brown Sr. of the United Fellowship Baptist Church in Asbury Park, NJ. In his desire for truth and understanding of the word of God, he pursued his biblical studies at New Brunswick Theological Seminary in 2004. He served as the Youth Minister for 10 years at United Fellowship where he helped to build "Youth of Purpose, Power and Praise."

2018 MLK Day Events in Southern New Jersey

32nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast @ Rowan University
Monday, January 15, 2018 @9:30 a.m.
Eynon Ballroom, Chamberlain Student Center
201 Mullica Hill Road
Rowan University
Glassboro, New Jersey 08028
Website - Tickets
$75 per person
This year's keynote speaker will be Dorothy Roberts to honor the life and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dorothy Roberts is the 14th Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor and George A. Weiss University Professor of Law & Sociology at University of Pennsylvania, with joint appointments in the Departments of Africana Studies and Sociology and the Law School, where she is the inaugural Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights. She is also Founding Director of the Penn Program on Race, Science & Society. An internationally recognized scholar, public intellectual, and social justice advocate, Roberts has written and lectured extensively on the interplay of race and gender in U.S. institutions and has been a leader in transforming thinking on reproductive health, child welfare, and bioethics.
All proceeds will support the William H. Myers Scholarships Program.

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey 14th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Monday, January 15, 2018; @ 8am
Various locations: Tthe Campus Center Galloway; The Sam Azez Museum of Woodbine Heritage; Kramer Haal, Hammonton; and Tuckerton Seaport
Volunteer registration and event information
This year's Martin Luther King Day of Service will feature Stockton's 14th 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 15, 2018; 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 15, 2018; Beginning @ 8am
Rutgers -Camden
t326 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.

Note: Parking Available in all lots except Lot C 12

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