WESTFIELD, NJ — In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. an Interfaith Commemorative Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20, at the Presbyterian Church of Westfield, 140 Mountain Ave., following a March from the Dr. King Monument at the South Avenue circle, organizers said.

People planning to march should arrive at the monument at 12:15 p.m., the announcement said. Organized by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Westfield, this year's theme is “Moving our community forward in its journey towards racial justice.”

“This service is especially important because of the recent controversy over the elective course titled 'Power, Privilege, and Imbalance in American Society,'” said Anna Qiang, a member of the Association's board. “The commotion over this course illustrates that racial history must still be addressed. We have come a long way, but with the addition of the new course as well as the service, the community will be able to enrich their viewpoints and engage in a service with a meaningful discussion.”  

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The keynote speaker will be Dr. Mark Boyea, former senior pastor of the First Congregational Church in Westfield, organizers said.

The Association is once again holding an essay, poetry and art contest in the elementary and intermediate schools. The contest winners will be presented with their prizes during the program at the church.

Contact the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Westfield at P. O. Box 2501, Westfield, NJ 07091. Email at mlkwestfield@gmail.com. Follow the Association on Facebook: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Westfield New Jersey.

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