What a morning!  The community gathered on January 18th in a crowded “zoom room” to hear about the life, teachings and ongoing influence of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Berkeley Heights Diversity Council (BHDC) was thrilled to see so many community members, including many students, our Mayor, members of our Town Council, Board of Education, School Principals and Administrators, and members of the Berkeley Heights Police Department gathered together sharing the experience.  Thank you to all who participated; what a moving event we shared.

In case you missed it, the event was recorded, and is available on the BHDC website (www.bhdiversity.org/bhdc-events). 

The event celebrated a “day on” not a “day off” so we hope that the community will continue to take opportunities to serve locally.  The BHDC has a list of Service Opportunities which remain available on our website.  You will also find a list of resources to learn more about the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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This event is usually an in-person, day of service that has been hosted at Autumn Lake at Berkeley Heights for the past few years.  Although we could not gather in person we were thrilled with the participation of nearly 90 friends and neighbors. 

Highlights from the event include heartfelt messages about the legacy that Dr. King’s life continues to inspire.  Dr Jean Marquis shared what it really means to be “my brother's keeper” and why we must take on that opportunity whenever we can.  Students from GL Unfiltered and the GL Diversity Committee created a memorable video combining Dr King's words, speeches and how his life has influenced them. Recently elected Board of Education representative Joy Young and Town Councilman Jeff Varnerin both reflected on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and how their own personal experiences and those of their family members' spirit of service for others has evolved during their own lifetimes.

The BHDC hopes to return to an in-person event next year if possible, where we can more easily gather, allowing more to actively participate and serve as a community together. 

As always, the Berkeley Heights Diversity Council is an independent, apolitical organization seeking to help make Berkeley Heights the most open and welcoming community in New Jersey.  We encourage you to learn more about the 6-year-long history of the Berkeley Heights Diversity Council on our website (www.bhdiversity.org) and to sign up for our news & event emails.

The Berkeley Heights Diversity Council was founded to honor and embrace the diverse cultures and perspectives within Berkeley Heights. Our goal is to spread awareness and foster inclusion.

The BHDC is open and welcoming to all who reside in Berkeley Heights wishing to celebrate the diversity of our great town together and can be found online at www.BHDiversity.org and reached at BHdiversity@gmail.com