PLAINFIELD, NJ - Take a look at some upcoming events in Plainfield that will honor and remember the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Saturday, Jan. 19, Plainfield's Omicron Chi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity will hold its annual family-friendly event at Hubbard Middle School, 661 West 8th Street, from 1 to 3 p.m.  This year's theme is "Humanity Tied Up in a Single Garment of Unity."  Winter clothing, books, and new, non-perishable food items are being collected.  To donate, and for more information, call Brother Fred Harris at 908-397-4731.

Later that day, Mayor Adrian Mapp and First Lady Amelia Mapp open their home for the 11th Annual MLK Food Drive and Potluck Celebration.  Bring a potluck dish to share, and new, non-perishable food items that will be donated to Shiloh Baptist Church Food Pantry.  Stop by from 6 p.m. to midnight, at 535 West 8th Street.

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The Greater Central Jersey Clergy Association invites the public to attend its Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. remembrance event on Sunday, Jan. 20.  The annual worship service at Rose of Sharon Community Church, 825 West 7th Street, will begin at 4:30 p.m.  The host Pastor is Bishop Laverne M. Ball, and the guest speaker will be Pastor Reginald McCray of Plainfield's Mt. Zion AME Church.  Pastor Irene Campbell will be honored with the Award for Service.

The Frontiers International Plainfield Area Club will honor three residents at its 43rdAnnual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 21, the observed holiday.  The breakfast is the longest running tribute to Dr. King in New Jersey, and will be held at Plainfield High School, 950 Park Ave., starting at 8:30 a.m.  The guest speaker will be Nayaba Arinde, Editor of the Amsterdam News. She will speak on the theme "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

The breakfast, an annual commemoration of the life of Dr. King, highlights student groups, awards scholarships, and recognizes those in the community who have made outstanding contributions. This year’s honorees will receive Westry Service Awards.  Westry Horne, one of the founders of the Frontiers International Plainfield Area Club, was an avid tennis player and master educator.  The auditorium at Plainfield High School bears his name. The honorees and their awards are: Willa Cofield, Lifetime Achievement; Vicky Griswold, Community Service; and Danielle Tucker, Community Spirit.

Suggested donations are $15 for general public, and $10 for students and seniors.  For more information, contact Saafir Jenkins at 908-418-2063 or saafir.jenkins@gmail.com, or John Brinkley at 908-868-8704.

Work on the #BrownBag community service project with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County-Plainfield Club, 145 Park Ave., on Monday afternoon, from noon to 3 p.m.  In partnership with the B.L.O.C.K. Keystone Club, hygiene products will be distributed to the homeless population in the community.

Consider donating new items, including:  baby wipes, soap, dental floss, deodorant, feminine products, hand sanitizer/wipes, hats/scarves/gloves, lotion, mouthwash, tissues, toothbrushes and toothpaste.

For more information, or to volunteer or donate, contact Mr. D. Hollingsworth at 908-822-8672, ext. 202, or email dhollingsworth@bgcuc.org.

 

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