SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — ​ A luminary decorating party, hosted by Village President Sheena Collum, ​will be Jan. 4, 2 to 4 p.m.​, at ​SOPAC Loft. The kids will learn about Dr. King and decorate their luminary bags while having fun with snacks.​ Bring your luminary bags or buy them during the event. Pizza will be served. ​ 

The luminaries will be used during The Community Coalition on Race's seventh annual MLK Luminary Project; bags with candles will be placed outside doorways and along walkways on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 20.The observance, which is free and open to all, will be on Monday, Jan. 20, at 2 p.m., at Columbia High School in Maplewood. This year's theme is The Power of One and will focus on youth voices. They will reflect — through spoken word, dance, and music — on the power of individuals to transform our community and our world by counteracting bigotry, hate, and violence in the face of white nationalism. A Volunteer Fair will follow the observance at 3:30 p.m., along with home luminary lightings at sunset. 



Beginning at sunset, people will light up the outside of their home with decorated luminaries. The goal is to have more than 2000 homes and businesses sharing the light of peace with luminaries. Kits are available at local businesses and from neighborhood leaders. Click here to get your kits.