SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Social Justice Matters, Inc. (SJM) invites the public to attend two events to be held at Scotch Plains Public Library during the community-wide Scotch Plains-Fanwood Martin Luther King Day of Service on January 15, 2018. The library will be closed to normal business, and only open as the host site for the programs.

From noon to 1:30 p.m., SJM will present “MLK in Oslo: Drawing Inspiration from Dr. King's Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech." Doors open at 11:45 am. Attendees will view the 12-minute speech before breaking into small discussion groups, to be followed by one large group conversation.  Particular emphasis will be placed on the relevance of Dr. King's ideas more than a half of a century later.   By sharing their insights, participants may inspire each other to think about taking some form of nonviolent action today to improve our community or our world. Refreshments will follow at 1:30.

At 2:00 p.m., the public is invited to join educational sociologist Dr. Timothy Eatman in a conversation about “Publicly Engaged Scholarship.” Dr. Eatman is a Professor and Dean of the Rutgers-Newark Honors Living Learning Community (HLLC). Discussion will focus on the role of the community in the education process, exploring how universities including Rutgers HLLC, support their communities through student engagement. Talk will touch on the transition from high school to college and the role that the community can play in that process.

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To take part in either program, please register in advance at the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Dr. Martin Luther King Day of Service website. People may also register the day of the event (Monday, Jan. 15) during the 10:00 a.m. Opening Program at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Scotch Plains. 

Social Justice Matters, Inc. (SJM) is a local grassroots non-profit organization. SJM Members are committed to active inquiry into matters of race in our society, and to working towards an equitable community.  SJM serves as a resource for community concerns, and facilitates truthful and meaningful discussions and action about race and related topics.

Scotch Plains Public Library is located at 1927 Bartle Avenue in downtown Scotch Plains.