2021 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 18, 2021) 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: 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.

2021 MLK Day Events in New Jersey

Literacy New Jersey - Commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Multiple County events from Thursday, January 14, thru January 28, 2021
Literacy New Jersey
100 Menlo Park Dr
Edison, NJ
(732) 906-5456
Literacy New Jersey is working with adultsacross the state to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day during different dates in January in the counties of Burlington, Gloucester, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth & Union.
During the hour-long program, students will share their stories from the program and attendees will get to meet volunteers and learn about the issue of adult literacy.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, JrR. 32nd Annual Virtual Commeration
Friday, January 15, 2021; 8am - 9am
ZOOM - Event Details
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 32nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration, being held virtually this year. Please join us as we grow support for social justice, and the important work of Dr. King and today's civic leaders.
We are proud to share that this year's Keynote Speaker is Kerwin Webb, Youth and Young Adult Pastor at Second Baptist Church Asbury Park and President of the Greater Red Bank Area NAACP.

Jersey Cares Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Monday, January 18, 2021
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, due to COVID-19, 2,100 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!

YMCA of Newark 50TH Anniversary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Virtual Memorial Breakfast
Monday, January 18, 2021
The YMCA of Newark 
Newark NJ
Contact: Olga Lorenzo Phone: 973-624-8900 Email: olorenzo@newarkymca.org
Keynote Speaker Paster Ronald Slanghter. Today, we're striving to open our doors even wider for more people to benefit from our life enhancing Y programs and services. With 139 years behind us, and many more ahead, we face an uncertain future with hope, confidence and a renewed commitment to serving many diverse communities.

MLK Virtual Youth Conference
Monday, January 18, 2021, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
New Jersey State Museum Auditorium
205 West State Street
Trenton NJ
Website - Event Details
Join Event & Student Registration
The State of New Jersey Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission will host a Virtual Youth Conference "Youth, We Hear You." The goal of the conference is to help young people identify their gifts, talents, and opportunities through a series of panels, workshops, networking, and other amazing opportunities that will be presented throughout the day. It will highlight the life and legacy of Dr. King in these challenging times, through sessions on "Justice Matters," "Health Equity Matters, and "Dr. King's Global Impact" with Consuls-General of India and Ghana, nations that Dr. King visited.

40th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Virtual Scholarship Breakfast

January 18, 2021; 10am - 12pm
This is a Zoom event.
@ The Ivy League Educational Foundation, Inc.
Trenton/Mercer County, NJ.
Web Site
Contact: Adrienne King, Phone: 609-213-3894, Email mlkbreakfastads@gmail.com
Event Cost: $40 via aka-ivyleague-mlkbreakfast.eventbrite.com
The theme for the Virtual Scholarship Breakfast this year is "40 Years: Celebrating, Reminiscing, and Engaging in Good Trouble". The Speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Michael C. R. Nabors, Senior Pastor of Second Baptist Church of Evanston, Illinois. He formally was the pastor of First Baptist Church of Princeton, NJ and served as an Assistant Pastor at Shiloh Baptist Church in Trenton, NJ.
Two community organizations will be recognized this year: Loaves and Fishes and The Safe Haven program. Both are being honored for their work in feeding those in need in the greater Trenton community.
The Ivy League Educational Foundation, Inc. is an I.R.C. 501(c)(3) non-profit entity. Since its inception in 2002, it has awarded more than $150,000 in scholarships to deserving high school students from  the greater Trenton area who are pursuing higher education.

West Windsor MLK Day of Service Virtual Panel Discussion
January 18, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
West Windsor Arts Center
952 Alexander Rd.
Princeton Junction, NJ
(609) 716-1931
Vittual Panel Discussio Registration
Project Registration
In partnership with the African American Parent Support Group, West Windsor Human Relations Council, and WW-P POC Advocacy, The Virtual Panel Discussion and a Day of Service, will begin at 2:00 PM EST and will be led by the WW-P POC Advocacy group. In addition, we have several service projects to make your MLK day a "day on, not a day off." These projects will require advance preparation followed by delivery to the West Windsor Arts Center on January 18th. You will be able to read more about the projects and sign up for one, or more. Then, in order to adhere to COVID 19 safety guidelines, you will be asked to pre-register for a drop off time. Projects will serve our neighbors in need from local service organizations.

Martin Luther King Jr Virtual Ceremony
January 18, 2021; 12:00pm — 3:00pm
Ocean City, NJ 08226
This year the event will be held virtually. Check back for details on how to watch. The event brings the community together to remember Dr. King through words, song and dance. The City of Ocean City annually honors a resident of Ocean City with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Services Award. 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. We are seeking nominations for citizens who could be honored with this award.
Complete our online nomination form or print a form here.

34th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast @ Rowan University
Monday, January 18, 2021 @9 a.m.
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: Students Free. Virtual guests (open to all): $25
Join us for an uplifting virtual gathering in recognition of a true American visionary, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Our 2021 celebration will offer new and unique opportunities to make a remarkable impact serving in the spirit of Dr. King. Guests will enjoy remarks from Master of Ceremonies, Rick Williams, and Keynote Speaker, Sunny Hostin. Governor Murphy will kick off the event with pre-recorded remarks. Virtual service opportunities may be available for guests (details pending).

Stockton University Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Saturday, January 30, 2021; @ 9:30am
Stockton University
101 Vera King Farris Drive
Galloway, NJ 08205-9441
Volunteer registration and event information
Please join in at the Galloway and Atlantic City Campus'. Volunteers are being accepted.for projects.