SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Borough Council, at a meeting Jan. 13, recognized the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and encouraged residents to ‘remember Dr. King with appropriate civic, community, and service projects in the borough.’ 

“Each year, America sets aside a day to remember a giant in our nation’s history and a pioneer of the Civil Rights Movement. During his lifelong struggle for justice and equality, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave mighty voice to the quiet hopes of millions and he reminded us that ‘injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,’” stated Mayor Matt Anesh in a proclamation recognizing the late civil rights leader. 

“We honor all who marched, bled, and died for civil rights [and] we celebrate the great victories of the last half century and voting rights laws; new opportunities in the classroom and the workforce; [and] a more fair and free America, not only for African Americans, but for us all.”

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The proclamation, which was accepted by longtime resident Calvin Gross, goes on to state that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ‘challenged America to make good on its founding promise’ and that ‘our journey is not complete.’

“…Let us put aside our narrow ambitions, lift up one another, and march a little closer to the nation Dr. King envisioned,” stated the mayor. “It is our task to build on the gains of past generations, from challenging new barriers to the vote to insuring the scales of justice work equally for all people…” 

‘We’ve come a long way and even though Martin was a visionary and a teacher, where we are now wasn’t in his horizon,” said Gross, adding, “[H]is lessons are still applicable. The march keeps going.” 

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