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State of New Jersey

Department of State

New Jersey Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission

NJ Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission

NJ Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission Present
The Economic Dream

The Economic Dream

Due to weather conditions, January 20 Commemorative
has been postponed to January 27.

3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
New Jersey State Museum Auditorium
205 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608

To register:

2019 Commemorative Event Flyer

Statewide MLK Events

Special thanks to Sheila Caldwell for the collection of statewide events

January 18 2019
 8 A.M.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 48th Annual Memorial Breakfast - Newark, NJ

Presented by The YMCA Of NewarkAnd Vicinity
Best Western Robert Treat Hotel, 50 Park Place, Newark NJ
Keynote Speaker: Reverend Shawn T. Wallace, Sr.-St. Johns Baptist Church Scotch Plains, New Jersey

For more information and to purchase tickets:

January 18 2019
6:00 P.M.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Guild of Greater Long Annual Soul Food Dinner Portuguese Club

191 Broadway, Long Branch

Ticket Price: $15.00
For more information: (732) 693-2439

January 18 2019
Musical Performances
 8:00 P.M.

“We Shall Overcome”, A Celebration of MLK, Jr. Matthews Theater, Princeton, NJ

Featuring Damien Sneed & Band

Go to link for times and ticket information:

January 18 2019
Food Drive

Drop Off Locations: Cherry Hill Public Library, Cherry Hill Municipal Building - Cherry Hill, New Jersey

MLK Day of Service Food Drive to benefit local non-profit organizations. Items needed: paper products, canned goods, shampoo, deodorant, laundry detergent, socks, plastic utensils, floor cleaner, trash bags, non-perishable food, diapers, kid's cots, books, hats, gloves, mittens, pillows, DVDs, video games.

For more information: MLK Food Drive Flyer

January 18 2019
 8:00 P.M.

Dr. MLK, Jr. Celebration: CeCe Winans, Anthony Brown, JJ Hairston – Newark, New Jersey

“Be inspired by the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at NJPAC's annual musical tribute, an all-star gospel celebration featuring CeCe Winans, Anthony Brown & group therAPy, JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, and a special guest speaker to be announced.”

To register:

January 19 2019
 8:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

5th Annual Bloomfield Township MLK Day of Service Event

Bloomfield Presbyterian Church (Parish House)147 Broad St, Bloomfield, NJ 07003

The MLK Committee will focus on the most vulnerable residents who struggle on a daily basis to meet their basic needs. We will prepare 1000 hygiene kits that will provide the basics they need.

For more information: Contact Church at 973-743-1796

January 19 2019
 3:00 P.M.

MLK Jr. Commemoration - Cliffwood, NJ

Matawan Aberdeen Middle School - 46 Matawan Avenue Cliffwood, NJ 07721.

“Commemoration of the life and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual tribute showcasing local talent offering entertainment to celebrate the times – past, present and future.”

January 20 2019
 11:00 A.M - 2:00 P.M.

Church Service & Celebration

Christus Lutheran Church
909 N. 26th Street, Cramer Hill-Camden, NJ 08105

January 20 2019
 11:30 A.M - 2:00 P.M.

Martin Luther King Scholarship Luncheon

St Mark’s Episcopal Church, 118 Chadwick Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666

Join St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Teaneck, NJ for A Celebration of the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr featuring a Southern Lunch (Catered by MaDears Southern Cuisine, Englewood)

“Letter from Birmingham Jail” Performed by the Youth of St. Mark’s. Directed by Dr. Andre Walser Musical Performance

For more information and tickets:

January 20 2019
Annual Program
 4:00 P.M.

“Tell Them We Are Rising” Movie Screening with Discussion

ACME Screening Room
25 South Union, Lambertville, NJ 08530

The powerful story of the rise, influence, and evolution of HBCU's comes to life.

For more information and tickets:

January 20 2019
Annual Program
 5:00 P.M.

Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Program - Burlington NJ

Tabernacle Baptist Church - 150 East Second Street, Burlington NJ

Contact Event Coordinator for more information: Sis. Carol Colston, 609-386-4785 x-104

January 21 2019
 8:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M.

30th Annual Commemorative Breakfast

Breakfast to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Branches Catering -123 Monmouth Road, West Long Branch NJ 07764

Featuring Keynote Speaker: Rev. Ronald L. Sparks, Pastor of Bethel AME Church

To register:

January 21 2019
 8:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

Rutgers-Camden 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Rutgers-Camden Campus Center
326 Penn Street, Camden, NJ

At Rutgers-Camden, we will be connecting with organizations across the city of Camden to participate in more than a dozen volunteer projects, including clearing garden beds, cleaning county parks and playgrounds, serving in area homeless shelters, and other opportunities to work alongside our neighbors in the city.

To register:

January 21 2019
 8:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

The Annual MLK Day of Service at Stockton University

Registration and Breakfast begin at 8:00am, the Program & Celebration will begin at 9:00am, Service Projects run from 10:00am-2:00pm. All volunteers receive breakfast, lunch and a free give-a-way.

To register:

January 21 2019
Scholarship Breakfast
 8:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority – Princeton, New Jersey

“Once again it is time for our Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Scholarship Breakfast. This year marks our 38th year and the event is being sponsored by the Ivy League Educational Foundation, Inc. to raise money for scholarships. ”

To register:

January 21 2019
 8:30 A.M.

Franklin Township MLK Anniversary Event

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 200 Atrium Drive, Somerset, NJ 08873

We will celebrate the life, mission, and teachings of Dr. King at our annual flagship event.” Keynote speaker: The Honorable Tiffany M. Williams, former Administrative Law Judge and Founder of The Esther Project.

To register:

January 21 2019
Celebrations/Breakfast/Arts & Music
 9:00 A.M. - Noon

Arts Council of Princeton's Paul Robeson Center for the Arts – Princeton, New Jersey

“Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr through art and music at the Arts Council of Princeton's Paul Robeson Center for the Arts. This family-friendly event includes breakfast and community conversation, art activities and a live music performance. Free and open to everyone.”

To register:

January 21 2019
Celebration/Award Ceremony
 9:00 A.M. - Noon

Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration & Award Ceremony

Paris Caterers
281 Berlin - Cross Keys Road, Berlin, NJ 08009

Our theme this year is Encourage the Vision....Empower the Future.

To register:

January 21 2019
 9:00 A.M. - Noon, Noon Meal

Ocean City MLK Day of Service and Program

Ocean City High School
Howard S. Stainton Senior Center
17th Street and Simpson Ave, Ocean NJ

In Ocean City, citizens are asked to participate in a citywide cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon. Starting at noon at the Hughes Performing Arts Center will be our MLK Program with Soul Food Dinner. This event will bring the community together to remember Dr. King through words, song and dance.

For more information about both events - call 609-399-6111

January 21 2019
33rd Annual Scholarship Breakfast
 9:30 A.M.

Rowan University - Eynon Ballroom, Chamberlain Student Center

Please join the Rowan community as we welcome special guest speaker Nevil Shed to honor the life and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The 33rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast will be held on Monday, January 21, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. All proceeds will support the William H. Myers Scholarships Program.

To register:

January 21 2019
 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

3rd Annual Day of Service

New Covenant Church
225 E. 7th St., Plainfield, NJ 07060

Our kickoff will include singing, dancing, poetry and of course various light refreshments. This year we will collect diapers and wipes for Hopes, Inc in Plainfield, NJ. We will also collect can goods for the New Covenant Church Food Pantry.

For more information - Email: Phone: 908-226-0223

January 21 2019
Fair/Shopping Spree
 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

MLK Day of Service - Community Resource Fair & Shopping Spree

32 Spruce St, North Haledon, NJ 07508, USA

In honor of MLK Day of Service, NJCDC's Paterson Community Schools Corps - AmeriCorps program will host a community resource fair and shopping. This event will connect families to several local services, ranging from social to health services. After visiting the resource fair, families will have the opportunity to attend our FREE shopping spree.

Contact: Marquise Guzman,, 973-413-1634

January 21 2019

MLK Day of Service/Graduation for their Ambassadors – The Miller Institute

The final retreat for the Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Empowerment Conference is a time for our Ambassadors to reflect on all the skills and tools they have gained. In the morning, the Ambassadors and our MLK staff take part in the National Day of Service by participating in a service project to give back to the community. In the afternoon, they re-examine their mission as leaders, advocates and allies, as they discuss how they will continue their work.

For more information: or call 908 868 9097/

January 21 2019
Event/Food & Clothing Drive
 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

MLK Day of Service/Food and Clothing Drive

West Windsor Arts Council
952 Alexander Road, West Windsor Township, NJ 08550

Join us for a day of service projects, speakers, music, and friends. Activities for the whole family. Donate in advance or bring them with you. Nonprofit Service Partners: Send Hunger Packing West Windsor - Plainsboro (a program of Mercer Street Friends, Rise Community Services, and Ryan’s Case for Smiles.

To register:

January 21 2019
 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.

MLK Challenge - Burlington County Library (Main)

5 Pioneer Blvd, Westampton, NJ 08060, USA

Come join in our charitable activities for the day including: a food donation collection, an animal Supplies Collection for Burlington County, and a Volunteer Opportunity Fair!

Contact: Karen Bennett,, 856-242-5367

January 21 2019
 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.


Franciscan Park
1 Ferry St, Newark, NJ 07105, USA

The Kinard Family Helping Hands 6th Year of a "Day of Service" honoring Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. We feed the homeless by serving a hot meal, distributing toiletries, gently worn and/or new clothing. We also collect and disseminate information from various shelters, medical providers and other organization in the area where they can go for housing, medical needs, etc. Most importantly, we provide a hug and a smile.

Contact: Florence Kinard Mason,

January 21 2019
 11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Martin Luther King Day Reading Rocks! Event

Cathedral International-Family Life Enrichment Center
272 Madison Ave, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861

Free Reading Event For kids Ages 3-9. READING ROCKS! SO LET'S MOTIVATE KIDS TO EXPLORE AMAZING STORIES IN SHADES OF BROWN TOO. Also!! Bring used children's books, in good condition, to donate to The Giving Bookshelf

To register:

January 21 2019
Celebrations/Volunteer Opportunities
 11:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Scotch Plains Fanwood Martin Luther King Day of Service – Scotch Plains, New Jersey

“Adults and families welcome! Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King! Join in song and celebration! Learn about volunteer opportunities in our community!”

To register:

January 21 2019
Museum Exhibition
 12:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Event at the Visual Arts Center of NJ

68 Elm Street, Summit, NJ

In honor of MLK Day, the museum and studios to children and adults of any age to view the current exhibitions and make a square to contribute to our community social justice quilt. The current exhibition is by the artist Kevin Blythe Sampson who is a sculptor, painter, and muralist recognized for tackling difficult issues through socially-engaged artwork.

To register:

January 21 2019
 1:00 P.M.

MLK Tour at Sterling Hill Mining Museum

30 Plant Street, Ogdensburg, NJ 07439

Contact the museum for more information – 973-209-7212

January 21 2019
Observance & Fair
 2:00 P.M. - 3:15 P.M.

18th Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – “Making It More Than A Dream” Interfaith Service

Columbia High School Auditorium
17 Parker Ave, Maplewood

Guest Speaker: Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver

To register:

January 21 2019
 5:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.

We Shall Overcome: A Concert in Honor of Martin Luther King Day

Free Concert by the Trenton Music Makers at TCNJ

TCNJ - Mildred & Ernest E. Mayo Concert Hall
2000 Pennington Road, Ewing Township, NJ 08628

To register:

January 23 2019
 5:30 P.M.

2019 Camden County Freedom Medal Ceremony

Collingswood Ballroom
315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood, NJ 08107

The award, created by the Freeholder Board in 2001, is presented to civic leaders who demonstrate the ideals and actions that reflect the principles of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tickets are available for $35 each.

To register:

January 24 2019
Paint and Sip
 8:00 P.M. - 10:30 P.M.

Martin Luther King Paint and Sip

Above Art Studios
55 Morris St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Come paint your own MLK masterpiece with the guided instruction of a master artist instructor. Bring your own wine, champagne, or beer and relax and enjoy the art therapy while Dj Kiss Me Im Famous plays some of your favorite music as we celebrate one of our greatest heroes.

To register:

January 26 2019
 4:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

MLK Opening Reception and Beloved Community Heart Exhibit

Christus Lutheran Church
909 N. 26th Street, Cramer Hill-Camden, NJ 08105

This year we will be partnering with Christus Lutheran Church, Highand Park Community Church, Ovations DanceStudio, The Treehouse Coffee Shop and Cafe Joseph's House of Camden Cathedral Kitchen, The Neighborhood Center and more.