The South Orange Civic Association hosted its 43rd Annual Celebration of the Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. last Sunday, January 13th. This organization began in the 1960′s when residents saw a need to become involved with Fair Housing in the Maplewood-South Orange area. This work contributed to the growth in diversity of our towns. SOCO’s MLK celebration is one of the longest-running in the state.
The celebration each year includes a ‘Reading of Commitment’ to the aspire to remember Dr. King’s work for peace and justice and to dedicate effort to achieving his goals today. This year’s keynote speaker was Nancy Gagnier, Executive Director of the Community Coalition on Race. A copy of her address, “The Future of Integration in a Post-Civil Rights Era” can be seen by clicking here.
The organization also commends residents for their exemplary work in building the ‘beloved community.’ Congratulations to Ulysses Dietz and Lee Boswell-May, recipients of the South Orange Civic Organization’s “Beloved Community” awards. Thank you for your dedication to our towns, for your leadership, and for commitment to building the beloved community through integration!