WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Township of West Orange and the West Orange Human Relations Commission (HRC) will co-host a free program for all ages on Monday to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) while also honoring four standout residents whose local contributions provide service to the West Orange community and beyond.

A continental breakfast will be served at 9:15 a.m. prior to the 10 a.m. program, which will represent this year’s theme, “King’s Legacy and the Hope For A Better Tomorrow.” During the program, to be held in the West Orange High School auditorium, the township and HRC will recognize residents Cindy Matute-Brown, William Michael Barbee, Gianna Akiko Garcia and Khabirah Myers.

In keeping with Dr. King’s belief that “life’s most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing for others,” the program selects residents each year whose professional and volunteer accomplishments “honor the philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and open doors for others to reach their potential,” according to the HRC.

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The program will also feature experienced leader Dr. Maurice Stinnett, an expert in the areas of diversity, inclusion and equity across nonprofit, education and corporate sectors. Stinnett serves as the inaugural vice president of diversity and inclusion for BSE Global, which owns and operates state-of-the-art venues such as the Barclays Center and premier sports franchises including the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets.

The program will also include performances by local artists, choirs and dance troupes as well as tables set up by area vendors.

Since being created by municipal ordinance in 1992, the West Orange HRC has been hosting the annual MLK Day Celebration.

The HRC’s mission is to develop and implement programs and initiatives that encourage a positive and constructive dialogue within the township about diversity-related issues.

The HRC, which welcomes community participation and continued support, meets on the fourth Monday of each month at West Orange Town Hall. Those interested in promoting the diversity of West Orange are encouraged to participate.

For additional information, contact HRC Chair Tammy Williams at hrc@westorange.org or (973) 219-7687.