2017 MLK Day of Service: Events In New Jersey Honoring Martin Luther King

MLK Day of Service: Events In New Jersey

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.

2017 MLK Day Events in New Jersey

YMCA of Newark 46th Annual Memorial Breakfast Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Friday, January 13, 2017, @ 8:00 AM
Robert Treat Hotel
50 Park Place
Newark NJ
Website (for information and tickets)
This event features guest speaker Guest Speaker: Dr. Susan Cole President Montclair State University. 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.

NJPAC’s Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dance Theatre of Harlem,Celebration 

Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 8pm
New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Prudential Hall
Newark, New Jersey
This celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pays tribute to the life and legacy of one of the 20th century’s most inspiring leaders. The events feature a performance by the Dance Theatre of Harlem, the legendary ballet company founded in 1969 as an artistic means to turn despair into hope following the assassination of Dr. King.

Jersey Cares Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Wild Window Murals in Camden
Boys & Girls Club of Camden County
Camden, NJ
January 16, 2017
Website (Information & sign-up)>
Registration information for the 2017 Jersey Cares MLK Day of Service will be available beginning December 2016.
Volunteer are needed to paint murals on the BGC windows to create a bright and welcoming image from the outside, organize the BGC's classrooms, and create indoor hopscotch mats for children.
Please contact Jennifer Lewellen to learn more. 973-533-1993.
For the 8th Annual Jersey Cares Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, 1,500 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.
As a leader in volunteerism in New Jersey, Jersey Cares increases the level of meaningful volunteer engagement by creating and managing efficient, impactful projects that address critical community-identified needs. Volunteers at a project in NJ Jersey Cares, a nonprofit organization, established in 1993, recruits and engages volunteers in rewarding, effective efforts that address community-identified needs.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Celebrating Freedom & Community
Monday, January 16, 2017; 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. There will be a film screening of the "I Have a Dream" Speech

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Event
Monday, January 16, 2017; 2:00pm – 4:00pm
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, arts, and a Law Enforcement & Community Relations— Police Encounters Panel Discussion, all of which will honor the life and legacy of Dr. King as well as commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball.

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
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ
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. 
Branches Catering
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
Rowan University
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
Morris Museum
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
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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