WEST ORANGE, NJ — A free program with the theme “A Love For Service” will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. while also recognizing outstanding West Orange residents on Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon in West Orange at Liberty Middle School.

Michellene Davis, Esq., the executive vice president and chief corporate affairs officer for RWJBarnabas, will serve as the event’s keynote speaker while the Newark Boys Chorus School Apprentice Choir, the West Orange High School Jubilee Choir, the St. Matthew AME dance troupe, UPAC dance troupe and others will provide entertainment.  

As King is often quoted for insisting that “life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others,” township will use this opportunity to recognize West Orange residents whose local contributions provide service to the local community and beyond.

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This year’s honorees, whose professional and volunteer accomplishments honor King’s philosophy and open doors for others to reach their potential, include former Councilman Victor Cirilo, L’Mani Viney, Erica Oliver, Willa Edgerton-Chisler and Royce Russell. 

The annual event is hosted by the West Orange Human Relations Commission (HRC), which develops and implements programs and initiatives that encourage a positive and constructive dialogue within the township about diversity-related issues. All are welcome to attend this free, public event.

A continental breakfast will be available beginning at 9:30 a.m., and the program will begin promptly at 10 a.m. For additional information, contact Tammy Williams at the above email or (973) 219-7687.