Madison Hosts March for Peace Focusing on 'Beloved Community'


MADISON, NJ - A candlelight vigil took place in downtown Madison tonight as part of a March for Peace, organized by leaders from the College of St. Elizabeth, Drew University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, as well as Madison's religious community. The vigil was not political, but instead focused on Dr. Martin Luther King's goals for the "beloved community."

"We are here gathered here today to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We are here gathered here today to work towards a beloved community," said Madison's Mayor, Bob Conley. "Today in the news, social media and the spoken word, we constantly see and hear words of hate but we can never hate the person who speaks them if we are truly are to achieve a beloved community."

The March for Peace began at Holy Family Church at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Madison and end with the candlelight ceremony on Waverly Place between 5p.m. and 7p.m. The Madison police department assisted with shutting down the side street to vehicular traffic. 

Sign Up for E-News

"Look around this street we see a group marching for peace, we see students not only three universities, but people of all ages, from many countries and backgrounds. Yes, we are all so different but we are all united for peace and a beloved community," Conley said. "Can this group make a difference in the world today? Just as this march grew at each stop St. Elizabeth’s, Fairleigh, Drew and the neighborhoods of Madison, so can our message. If we believe and persist we can make a difference."

Along with Mayor Bob Conley, Father George Hundt from Saint Vincent Martyr, and Reverend Dunn from the First Baptist Church of Madison spoke, as well as students and faculty from all three colleges.

The overall message delivered by the speakers spoke to how we are all more alike than we are different, how Dr. King taught us to hate the segregation but love the segregationist, and how a group of people committed to love can change the world.

No political signs were allowed during the march which was originally planned for the week of Martin Luther King Day, but due to scheduling conflicts was rescheduled but purposefully kept in February which is designated as Black History Month, according to the coordinating groups. 


TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

East Hanover/Florham Park

Important Message for Florham Park Residents Regarding the Fourth of July

Important July 4th Celebration Reminder - Please be advised in the interest of safety and security, the entire parade route will be CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC beginning at 8:30am on July 4, 2018. This will impact residents who live along the parade route and all of the side streets that connect to the parade route. (Please see the map attached to this post)

Please ensure that you plan accordingly ...

DevCo is building a new version of Rutgers "The Yard." You may be surprised to see where.

June 8, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - In 2016, Rutgers University proudly opened “The Yard,” a student housing and retail complex along College Avenue built under the direction of the New Brunswick Development Corp.

Now the corporation, the non-profit development arm for the City of New Brunswick and commonly known as DevCo, is replicating the housing and commercial construction more than two hours ...

Shore Travel Idea - Visit the Debut of Belmar Arts’ Sculpture Garden and Labyrinth - June 2

BELMAR, NJ — Need an excuse to visit Belmar this weekend?  Curious about the eclectic collection of sculpture and other objects that occupies a small corner outside the Belmar Arts Center on River Road?  Why not solve both needs at once?

The public is invited to learn more about the Belmar Arts Sculpture Garden and Labyrinth during its official opening on Saturday, June 2 ...

Upcoming Events

Fri, June 22, 8:00 PM

Education Center, West Orange

Night Moves: Evening Guided Zoo Tours

Education Other

Sun, June 24, 11:00 AM

Mountain Lakes

Art at the Esplanade

Arts & Entertainment


Sun, June 24, 11:00 AM


MakerFest 2018

Thirty Days after the Draft

It’s been just about thirty days since the 2018 NFL Draft and the New York Jets have been working hard to build the team fans have been waiting for. Let’s recap the first round draft pick before discussing OTA’s and other Jets info.

Some New York Jets fans were certain earlier in the 2017 season that with the way the win-losses were going, Sam Darnold would be the New York ...

1896 Miles Away But Hanover Park Stands with Sante Fe

June 16, 2018

EAST HANOVER, N.J.- After the awful events at Santa Fe High School last month, students at Hanover Park organized support. Under the supervision of Kim Lurz, and staff assistance, the students created a banner and put together giftbags for the victims of the attack. Recently students from Santa Fe High were featured on the  TODAY show and brought along the banner. 

Hornets ...


Beverly Jean (Charlton) Weimar, of Ship Bottom, and Florham Park, New Jersey passed away on March ...
Read more

Students at the F.M. Kirby Children’s Center of the Madison Area YMCA Release Butterflies  

June 15, 2018

Students at the F.M. Kirby Children’s Center of the Madison Area YMCA learned all about the life cycle of butterflies from their start as tiny caterpillars until they emerged from their chrysalises as beautiful butterflies. They watched in awe as the butterflies were released into their natural habitat. 

The F.M. Kirby Children’s Center of the Madison Area YMCA ...