By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media

From Camden, to Sewell, to Atlantic City and various places in between, South Jersey celebrated the life and times of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. Monday in various ways — from numerous community service projects, marches, speeches and panels.

Here are some of the events and programs that took place in the name of the King, and in a effort to come closer to his dream of unity, civil rights and justice for all.

Angela Brown, executive director of Loving Our Cities, speaks at The Perfecting Plaza Monday morning during the panel discussion “The Quest for Peace and Justice.” Photo courtesy of Loving Our Cities
Photo taken at annual MLK Parade conducted by the NAACP Atlantic City Branch. Photo courtesy of Hope 4 Atlantic City Instagram

Today we walked, in the middle of the street, surrounded by our beautifully diverse community,” the Hope 4 Atlantic City post said of the event. “There was no tear gas; there were no dogs and the police were blocking traffic to give us safe passage through. It was a much different experience, not that long ago, for the man whose name was honored today.

“Thank you for your life and example, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In many ways, your life exemplified God’s command in Isaiah 1:17 to, ‘Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.’ May we seek to follow this example every day, not just on a cold Monday in January,” the post continued.

Camden’s Charter Network took part in its first Martin Luther King Day of Service project, making 75 lunches and toiletry kits for our city’s homeless. Photo courtesy Camden’s Charter Twitter.
Judith Jamison delivered the keynote speech at Rowan University’s MLK event in Glassboro. She is flanked by Dr. Jen Caudle, left, and Dr. Monika Williams Shealey, senior vice president of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Photo courtesy of Rowan University.
Students participating in Stockton University’s MLK Day Community Service Project in Atlantic City. Photo courtesy of Stockton University.

Nearly 1,000 Stockton University students took part its annual MLK Day of Service. Projects stretched cleanup projects at the beach in Atlantic City, Hammonton Lake Park, New Gretna Playground, Barnegat EcoCenter, South Jersey Horse Rescue and Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Rescue Kids Discovery Area.

Rann Miller, left, and other panelist speak at a MLK Day discussion at The Perfecting Plaza sponsored by Loving Our Cities. Photo courtesy of Loving Our Cities.
NAACP Atlantic City’s Yolanda Melville speaks at the MLK program at St. James AME Church sponsored by the organization after its parade Monday morning. Photo courtesy of Cooper Levenson Twitter
Rowan University students participate in its MLK Day of Service on campus. Photo courtesy of Rowan University
Rev. Kevin Brown, founding pastor of The Perfecting Church, speaks at the Loving Our Cities MLK Day event. Photo courtesy of Loving Our Cities
Stockton University students gather at its MLK Day of Service. Photo courtesy of Stockton University
Event program from NAACP Atlantic City MLK Day event. Photo courtesy of Cooper Levenson Twitter
Gathering at Rowan University MLK Scholarship event featuring Judith Jamison. Photo courtesy of Rowan University
Audience in prayer at Loving Our Cities annual MLK Day event at The Perfecting Plaza. Photo courtesy of Loving Our Cities

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