BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - For the second year, the Berkeley Heights Cultural Events Committee honored the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. by hosting a community service project at the Autumn Lake at Berkeley Heights nursing home on Monday. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, students requiring service hours, and families joined together with the residents for an afternoon of social interaction and to play Bingo.

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" said Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The crowd of about 50 attendees came together to answer that question by spending the afternoon with the residents of Autumn Lake, where youth and elderly intermingled -- showing compassion, sharing conversation and many smiles. 

Sign Up for E-News

Columbia Middle School students Ryan Matthews and Kelly Donfield educated the crowd by reciting the 'I Have a Dream' speech. The speech was originally read by Martin Luther King, Jr. on Aug. 28, 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial prior to the March on Washington, a peaceful protest against inequality. King stood for peace, equality and justice, especially for African-Americans and the socially disadvantaged.

"It was great to see two Columbia Middle School kids, Ryan Matthews and Kelly Donfield, read exerts of the 'I Have a Dream' speech," said Jimmy Joseph, MLK event organizer. "Additionally, it was nice to see families give back to the community."

All enjoyed playing Bingo -- winning prizes of hand lotion, fuzzy socks and games donated by the volunteers. Children also decorated luminary bags to place on their doorsteps to show their solidarity to the MLK message.of acceptance. 

The Berkeley Heights Cultural Events Committee accomplished their mission of honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. while providing education to the youth. 

To learn more about the Berkeley Heights Cultural Events Committee, visit and Like their Berkeley Heights Cultural Events Committee Facebook page