PLAINFIELD, NJ – In the United States, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a federal holiday observed on the third Monday of January each year to pay tribute to the achievements of the non-violent Civil Rights leader and spokesperson, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In and around Plainfield, there are events that aim to honor his memory:
The Plainfield Area NAACP will hold its Dr. MLK Program on Thursday, Jan. 12th. The meeting will take place in the Whitney Allen Young Community Room, located at 300 Central Avenue in Plainfield. The Executive Committee will meet at 4:00 pm, and the regular session will begin at 5:00 pm.
On Saturday, Jan. 14th, Mayor Adrian O. Mapp and First Lady Amelia Mapp will host Plainfield residents in their home for the Ninth Annual MLK Food Drive and Potluck Celebration to honor the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. New, non-perishable food items and toiletries are being collected for the Shiloh Baptist Church Food Pantry. Bring a potluck food dish to share with neighbors! The location is 535 W. Eighth Street in Plainfield, from 6:00 pm to midnight.
The Plainfield Area Club of Frontiers International will hold its Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 41st Annual Memorial Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 16th at the Plainfield Public High School starting at 8:30 am. Civil rights activist, humanitarian and lecturer Lawrence Hamm will be the guest speaker. Hamm has helped organize the People's Organization For Progress (POP), an independent, grass roots, political organization that is active in the Newark and northern New Jersey area. As chairman, he has consistently worked toward building unity among community organizations.
Tickets to the breakfast are $15.00; student and senior admission is $10.00. For tickets and more information, call John Brinkley at 908-868-8704 or The Marshall Group at 732-968-7500. Plainfield High School is located at 950 Park Avenue.
Later that day, The Voting Rights Act: Then and Now - A Martin Luther King Day Program will take place at the Scotch Plains Public Library from 1:00-2:30 pm.
Ryan P. Haygood, president and CEO of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, will speak about the Voting Rights Act, which is widely recognized as the crowning achievement of the Civil Rights Movement. This will be the third year in a row that the program is jointly sponsored by the Scotch Plains Public Library and Social Justice Matters, Inc., a local grassroots non-profit. Registration is required, as space is limited, and you may do so through the library web site, http://www.scotlib.org or through the Martin Luther King Day of Service web site, www.spfmlkday.wildapricot.org. Phone registration is also accepted during library hours: (908) 322-5007, ext. 204. More information on this event.
To learn about other MLK Day events, visit www.nationalservice.gov/mlkday.