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Dr. King's Dream of Unity Comes to Life Through Day of Service

Summit Mayor Ellen Dickson and Reverend Vernon Williams of Fountain Baptist Church (far right) welcome Dean Luke Powery (center),, Dean of Chapel for Duke University,, to Summit,
Summit Mayor Ellen Dickson thanks Annette Dwyer, owner of MONDO, for helping organize Summit's annual Volunteer Recognition event.  Today's activities marked the 17th time Shaping Summit Together has honored Martin Luther King's memory in this multi-cultural fashion.  Credits: Julie Stymacks

SUMMIT, NJ - Residents of the Hilltop City participated in a full day of events, service projects and activities through Summit's 17th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is led by Shaping Summit Together (SST), which collaborates with myriad not-for-profit program-providing agencies, volunteers, cultural affinity groups, houses of worship and City of Summit agencies to honor the ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Members of the community were encouraged to volunteer and celebrate side-by-side in the spirit of Dr. King’s “Dream” of unity among neighbors. The programs took place in various Summit locations from 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on the national holiday.  

Summit Mayor Ellen Dickson was part of the crowd attending the Celebration of Community Service Luncheon at St. John's Lutheran Church, where Raul Cadavid, community health educator at Overlook Medical Center; Emilie Boggis, Assistant Minister of The Unitarian Church; and Frank Bolden, Esq., retired Vice President of Diversity at Johnson & Johnson, were each honored as recipients of the "Keeper of The Dream" Award.
Dickson was also present at an Interfaith Evening Service at Fountain Baptist Church, where more than 300 people gathered to hear a sermon from Dean Luke Powery, Dean of Chapel for Duke University.
Fountain Baptist has hosted this traditional community event for decades, keeping Martin Luther King, Jr's memory alive and forceful.


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