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.
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.
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.
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