PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Piscataway Civil Rights Commission partnered with the North Stelton AME Church to host its annual breakfast commemorating the life and legacy of slain civil rights leader, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Saturday’s program at the township’s Senior Center, featured Rev. Dr. Ronald Slaughter, Senior Pastor of Newark’s Saint James A.M.E. Church who spoke on “Justice for All”.
“We often sanitize King’s message who, in the latter days of his life spent a great deal with the economic disparity in this country,” said Slaughter as he described research that discussed America’s legacy of economic givebacks and takeaways for blacks and other minorities since the period of Reconstruction and the Jim Crow era.
“King was willing to stand for all people, especially minorities and those who were oppressed,” he continued. “Everybody should have the opportunity to pursue happiness in this country. “
The commemorative breakfast also featured a dance performance by the Shirley A. Saunders Youth Liturgical Dance Ministry and musical selections by Twanda Muslim of the North Stelton A.M.E. Church.
Tyler West, a Piscataway 7th Grader and member of the New Jersey Orators recited Philip Agnew’s 2013 speech, “Two Minutes” in support of immigration activist organizations that campaigned to get the Dream Act passed, creating a path to citizenship.
“If these organizations do not represent Dr. King’s dream, then I do not know who would,” said West.
“I hope that this weekend the spirit of Dr. King moves many communities forward,” said Mayor Brian Wahler.
Other political dignitaries who spoke included Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), Middlesex County Freeholder Deputy Director, Kenneth Armwood, and Shanel Robinson, Freeholder Director for Somerset County.
On Monday, Jan. 20, Piscataway will keep the dream alive at Martin Luther King Intermediate School’s 2nd Annual Day of Service. The school will be open from 9:00-12:00 for families to stop by to make place settings, blessing bags, dog and cat toys, T-shirt bags, and greeting cards for hospitalized children.
The projects will go to support various organizations in and around the Piscataway area including Elijah’s Promise Community Kitchen, The Ozanam Shelter, FISH, and local animal shelters among others.
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