ROSELLE, NJ - Roselle honored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with their annual Day of Service event on Monday morning at the Abraham Clark High School. 

Mayor Christine Dansereau, the Borough Council, the Roselle Board of Education, the Roselle Department of Recreation, the Rotary Club of Roselle/Roselle Park, the Roselle Area Branch NAACP, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. (Chi Sigma Alumni Chapter) and the Concrete Rose Project, kicked off the program with breakfast followed by comments  from local dignitaries.

The Roselle-Roselle Park Rotary along with member Roselle Park Mayor Joseph Signorello lll, also presented the 2019 Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. awards to a student from each of the three high schools within the twin boroughs of Roselle and Roselle Park: Abraham Clark High School, Roselle Park High School and Roselle Catholic High School.

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Students from all of the Roselle Schools participated in the performances. Some of the highlights of the event can be viewed below. 

The event then moved to Roselle Borough Hall for a quick flag-raising ceremony where Mayor Dansereau, Council members, and members of the community watched as the with as the Roselle Police Dept. raised the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Flag. 

Union County Freeholders Sergio Granados and Andrea Staten, along with Assemblywoman Annette Quijano stopped by the event. Quijano left these words to share with the community. 

“It is more important than ever to honor, remember and learn from Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King. We celebrate today amid nonstop headlines about events occurring in Washington, DC, across our country and in our state. There are stories about voter suppression, worsening income inequality, racism, and attacks on religious institutions. 

Who is responsible for these attacks? Sadly it’s elected officials, organizations and individuals. People feel empowered to spread hatred. We have become a divided nation. 

Rev Dr. Martin Luther King had a dream that his four little children would one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. We have to work together to move the Moral Compass. 

Who is responsible for standing up for a greater truth? Who can, as Dr. King asked, bring light to darkness, and drive out hate with love?  That would be each of us. No matter our race, age, or sex. No matter what our skin color. No matter where your grandparents, parents or you immigrated from. No matter what languages are spoken in your home. No matter what religion you choose to practice or choose not to practice. 

The best way to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King is to ask ourselves how we should answer what he said was “life’s most persistent and urgent question: what are you doing for others?”

To answer that question, first, we have to free ourselves from thinking we are powerless — that we can’t make a difference. 

I’m too young, too old. Or that I’m too busy, or that no one will listen to me. By each one of us serving and improving our communities, we can heal the divisions in our neighborhoods, schools, towns, and cities. 

If you are a student, make sure at lunchtime no one sits alone, if you see someone getting bullied say something. If you see another student sad, see if you can help.  I know of young women who volunteer to help abused women. I know of a man who gets food donations to help feed his neighbors. I know a married working mother who collects socks and was instrumental in organizing items for disaster areas. 

I know a senior citizen who crochets hats and scarfs and makes pillows for people in need. If each of us answers Dr. Kings’ question, We honor his legacy and we move closer to his dream.”

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