SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Social Justice Matters, The Township of Scotch Plains, Borough of Fanwood, Fanwood/ Scotch Plains YMCA, JCC of Central NJ, and Scotch Plains/Fanwood Ministerium hosted the annual MLK Day of Service on Monday, January 20, 2020.

The ceremony included songs, speakers and a mini-theatrical celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King as portrayed by local youth. Attendees included New Jersey's First Lady Tammy Murphy, Freeholder Chair Al Mirabella, Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith and Council members Josh Losardo, Elizabeth Stamler and Ted Spera, Fanwood Councilwoman Kathy Mitchell, police chiefs Ted Conley and Richard Trigo, and numerous members of the SPF community.

A highlight of the event was the presentation of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Martin Luther King Day of Service Award presented by Delia McGee to Delois Dawson, a member of the MLK Day of service committee. Earlier, Ms. Dawson shared her memories of attending Dr. King's funeral services while she was a student at Clark University, a private historically black university in Atlanta, Georgia.

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"We had over 200 people at the Opening Program for MLK Day of Service," said Michelle Abraham, one of the co-organizers of the event with Amanda Barnett and Courtney Agnello. "By the end of the day close to 1000 volunteer slots were filled across our community in 25+ volunteer sites." is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily local news source. Sign up for our free daily eNewsletter and “Like” us on Facebook and Twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.