WEST ORANGE, NJ — In celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy and a few carefully selected West Orange residents, the township’s human relations commission is sponsoring a special MLK Day event Monday at the Life Christian Church, located at 747 Northfield Avenue, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
During the MLK Day Celebration, the township will honor Mona Scott-Young, the creator of VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop;” Marley Dias, the 11-year-old girl behind the nonprofit #100BlackGirlBooks; Henry Hamilton; Jane Gaertner; and Deputy Mayor Rodolfo Rodriguez with Sprit Awards.
Scott-Young, 49, established New York-based Monami Entertainment in 2008 after co-founding Violator Management with the late Chris Lighty. Between the late 90s and early 2000s, the firm boasted a roster that included LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes and Missy Elliot among others.
The event will also feature reflections from Marc Morial, chief executive officer (CEO) of the National Urban League; Congressman Donald Payne, Jr. and more.