CAMDEN, NJ — This past Wednesday marked Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 91st birthday.

This weekend, Camden locals will celebrate the life and legacy of the civil rights leader with a variety of gatherings.

“This year marks the 25th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy,” the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement. “The observance of this holiday encourages Americans to help improve their communities and uphold the ideals that all humans are equal, regardless of race, religion or background, and should be judged by the content of their character.”

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Worship and music celebration

The Christus Evangelical Lutheran Church will host a two-day celebration, starting Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. with a “Worship and Music” event.

On Monday, the church will host its 8th annual “MLK Day of Service, Learning & Love” in partnership with Community Rocks! New Jersey and Ovations Studios.

Anyone interested in attending can visit www.facebook.com/ChristusLutheranChurch and register online. Spots are limited.

The church is located at 909 North 26th St.

City and county events

Camden Mayor Frank Moran and the city will host an MLK Day of Service event on Monday at 10 am at the North Camden Boxing Center. Anyone interested in volunteering should arrive by 9 a.m.

For more information, reach out to Darryl Dozier with the City's Department of Human Services at 856-757-7498.

On Wednesday, 14 local reaidents will receive the 2020 Camden County Freedom Medal Ceremony.

“Each year since 2001, we ask the community to help us identify Camden County residents who exemplify the ideals indicative of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli said. “This year we are honoring 14 selfless individuals who have made significant contributions to their community. We gather to celebrate them in hopes of their message inspiring others to serve the public interest.”

Among the winners are Camden natives Vedra Della Chandler and Orlando Pettigrew. Other winners include Leona Davis, Chief Harry Earle, Marc Goldstein, Bishop Anthony J. Harley, Abe Karetny, Mary Anne McFarland, Michael Mignogna, Ian Dublin Mosley, Raheel Nayyer, Rubab Sameer Sarfraz, and Dominc Vesper.

Dr. Jubril Oyeyemi and The Cherry Hill Free Clinic Team will also receive the MLK Congressional Medal.

To learn more about the winners click here.

The ceremony will be held at the Collingswood Ballroom, located at 315 White Horse Pike Collingswood.

Rutgers hosts clean-up

Rutgers-Camden will host a cleanup along the circuit trail at Farnham Park on Sunday.

Over 100 volunteers from the school, including students, faculty and staff, will join the New Jersey Conservation Foundation to clear the trail.

Anyone interested in attending the Day of Service should register here.

Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for a donation, as well as new or used books for the Camden County Pop-Up Library.

Volunteer day at American Water

American Water in partnership with members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.- Upsilon Delta Omega Chapter will host a Volunteer Day on Monday.

Over 150 volunteers will package care kits for the homeless, military veterans and those in re-entry programs offered by Volunteers of America in Camden.

Students from the city’s Mighty Writers program will also pen essays on the importance of creating an inclusive Camden.

The essays will be displayed in American Water’s atrium for the next two months.

The event will run from 9 to 11 am at American Water headquarters at 1 Water St.

If you would like to submit an event email srodas@tapinto.net.