16th Annual MLK Observance & Volunteer Fair

Donations accepted at the Volunteer Fair: travel-size toiletries; socks, gloves; eyeglasses; yarn; food pantry non-perishables.

MLK in Wash.Join the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race as we gather at this challenging time in our nation to reaffirm Dr. King’s vision of the beloved community. This year’s multi-faith service will be at Columbia High School, 17 Parker Avenue, Maplewood, NJ on Monday, January 16th, at 2 pm. Hundreds of SOMA residents and friends from neighboring communities gather to honor Dr. King through music, a sharing of interfaith readings, and an affirmation of Dr. King’s call to action and service.

This year we are pleased to welcome LaShawn Y. Warren, Vice President and General Counsel at the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, as our guest speaker. Ms. Warren has worked as a public interest attorney for nearly 20 years. Before the Institute, she served as Vice President of Policy Development and Programming at the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy and she worked as Oversight Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary. In addition to Ms. Warren’s legal work on civil rights issues, she is a graduate of Yale Divinity School where she focused on ethics, faith, and social movements and effective paradigms for building healthy urban communities.

A Volunteer Fair and Reception follows the observance, giving members of the community information and ways to serve from local community groups, including those housing and feeding the poor, mentoring and tutoring our youth, and those serving other social causes. There will also be projects with instant impact that can be completed right then and there. Food pantry donations are encouraged and welcome.

Luminary Kits will be available at the Volunteer Fair!

For the 4th year we are also sponsoring the Luminary Project: we envision 1000 homes across the Two Towns alight with outdoor luminaries as a sign of peace and solidarity with Dr. King’s vision of the beloved community. For more information on how you can purchase the luminary kits, click here.

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