UNION, NJ – An “Honoring the Dream” Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration, organized by the United Community Center, took place at Hannah Caldwell School on Monday.

“Dr. King’s legacy is one of not only ministry but of education and that’s why I am always thrilled to come to this event,” said Township of Union Mayor Suzette Cavadas, “because at its core it brings together the work of our students, educators and our faith based organizations.”

“I like to share with young people what I call ‘pearls of wisdom from my elders’” said guest speaker Timothy Rasool.  “First, good manners will get you what good money won’t.”  Rasool added, “If you hang with people that are going places, you’ll go places.”  Rasool then talked about perseverance, “the race is not won by the swiftest, but by those who persevere and endure.”

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Performances by the Aenon Baptist Church Praise Dancers, the First Baptist Church Praise Dancers, Kappa Leaguers, St. Paul’s Calvary United Church of God Praise Dancers, the Vauxhall Senior Chior and a poem by the Kappa Alpha PSI Fraternity, Inc. entertained and inspired the audience. 

Attending the event were Union County Freeholders Vernell Wright, Sergio Granados and Mohamad Jollah, Union County Sheriff Joseph Cryan, State Senator Lesniak, and Assemblyman Jamel Holley and Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, as well as Township of Union Deputy Mayor Joseph Florio, Committee members Manuel Figueiredo, Michele Delisfort and Clifton People, Jr. and Superintendent of Schools Gregory Tatum.

Cavadas announced that in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Township of Union will be sponsoring an essay contest, open to all residents grades two through adult, where participants will be competing to win an expense-paid, day trip to the African American History Museum in Washington D.C.

“As we put the parameters of the contest together,” said Cavadas, “we contemplated concepts and themes explored by Dr. King, that are still very relevant today, and decided that none are more powerful than “Injustice Anywhere is a threat to Justice Everywhere.” We hope that through this contest, we can come together to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King while also taking a stand against the violation of people’s rights no matter their race, creed, or color.”