NEW JERSEY -- 2019 marks what would have been Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 90th birthday, and this year, on the federal holiday that celebrates his legacy, East Main Media looks back on a very special project completed with Michele Adubato, CEO of The North Ward Center in Newark.

“The East Main Media team was honored to produce this video,” said CEO & Executive Producer, Brian Brodeur. The project was completed in 2016, and features an original arrangement of “Pride (In the Name of Love)” by U2, with vocals by Arlette and piano by Doug Hall.

The video was produced to mark the 30th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at The North Ward Center. Located in Newark’s North Ward, the Center has served the greater Newark community for over 45 years. The North Ward Center has worked to strengthen the community by creating educational opportunities, bolstering the health and well-being of families and improving the quality of life for all residents of the city.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was the most influential voice of the American Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s. His use of nonviolent resistance, stirring speeches and relentless efforts to end segregation laws helped bring significant change to the lives of African-Americans. In 1964, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, being the youngest person at that time to receive the honor. Sadly, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in 1968. In 1986, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day became a federal holiday, celebrating the anniversary of his birth every January.

For more information about ways to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., visit the New Jersey Department of State website at https://www.nj.gov/state/mlk.shtml for a statewide list of events.