SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - At this week’s meeting, Mayor Matt Anesh and the South Plainfield Borough Council presented proclamations recognizing Jan. 19 as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and paying tribute to the contributions and victories made possible because of the late civil right leader’s dedication.

“As we celebrate the great victories of the last half century … not only for African-Americans but for all of us, we are also reminded that our journey is not complete,” said Anesh, adding,  “It is our task to build upon the goals of past generations … By volunteering our time and energy we can build stronger, healthier, more resilient communities …”

Calvin Gross, vice president of the borough’s Recreation’s Committee, and Robert Hughes, a member of the borough’s Zoning Board, accepted the proclamations.

Thanking the council, Gross said noted how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s efforts were never just for one set of people. “They were always for everyone,” said Gross, adding that, for him, “[South Plainfield] is a town where I was able to take my civic abilities and desires and flourish with it on several levels. Thank you.”