ROSELLE, NJ - The community came together on Monday morning to celebrate the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Residents first joined together at the Abraham Clark High School’s cafeteria for a breakfast prepared by Chef Murel and the Culinary Arts Department. Afterward, everyone moved to the school's auditorium to participate in a service.

Speakers included Freeholder Bruce Bergen, Senator Joseph Cryan and representatives, Paul Mickiewicz, Keyanna Jones-Lovett and Robert Zeglarski from the Roselle/Roselle Park Rotary.

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Three students were honored with the Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award by Jones-Lovett the Rotary President-Elect.

Students honored were as follows:

  • Paola Buele - Abraham Clark High School 
  • Aniyah Roberts - Roselle Park High School 
  • Edwin Engleton - Roselle Catholic High School 

Keynote speaker Diane Mathis, spoke about the legacy of Dr. King and his life’s journey. Mathis is a local community activist and long-time resident of Roselle. Along with her husband BT, they are often seen walking the halls of the high school as they continue to engage and drive local programs to lift, encourage, and support the youth. Mathis is the Co-Founder of Community Acting Now (CAN), and Co-Founder of the African American Business Leaders for Excellence (ABLE).

As the ceremony concluded, everyone joined the Abraham Clark High School Marching Band and the Jr. ROTC and marched to Borough Hall for a special flag ceremony. There, council members Reginald Atkins, Samuel Bishop, Cynthia Johnson, Carla Walker and Denise Wilkerson joined in on the raising of the MLK Flag while a student from the Concrete Rose Project sang a song and the school band performed a hymn. 

Note: Mayor Dansereau was scheduled to be at the event however, she was not there due to a medical emergency.

Highlights from the event including the march can be viewed below. 

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