The Luminary Project

Before heading home to light your luminaries, join Mayor Vic DeLuca in front of Maplewood Town Hall and Village President Sheena Collum in Spiotta Park in South Orange for a public lighting!

Hosted by the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race for the fifth year, on the evening of January 15th beginning at 5 pm, we ask families to light up the outside of their homes with Luminaries    white bags with votive candles inside that can be decorated with Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision. The goal is for 1,000 homes in SOMA to be lit up as a sign of hope, sanctuary, peace, and solidarity with Dr. King’s vision of the Beloved Community. The Luminaries come four in a pack for a suggested donation of $10 and it is a fundraiser for the Coalition on Race. Purchase Luminaries at Words Bookstore and Able Baker in Maplewood, Sparkhouse in South Orange or at the Coalition’s office. The Luminaries project was started by South Orange resident Patricia Canning.

Dr. King’s Beloved Community is a global vision in which all people can share in the wealth of the earth. In the Beloved Community, poverty, hunger and homelessness will not be tolerated because international standards of human decency will not allow it. Racism and all forms of discrimination, bigotry and prejudice will be replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood.


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