5 Ways To Honor Martin Luther King Jr. In Bergen County
These events, speakers, workshops and more will pay tribute to the Civil Rights leader on MLK weekend.
The third Monday in January isn’t an ordinary day off. It’s the day on the calendar that we celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., who would’ve turned 94 on Jan. 15.
In the 55 years since the Civil Rights leader’s death, we’ve used this day to educate our children on equality, to give back to our communities and to further King’s goals to achieve economic and racial justice in our country. It’s also since become a National Day of Service.
If you’d like to join our Bergen County residents in commemorating MLK, check out one or some of these events in the area taking place in his honor:
- Jan. 13 to 16. The MLK Celebration Committee of Ridgewood and Glen Rock is celebrating all weekend long with film screenings, guest speakers, donation drop-offs and more at various spots throughout Ridgewood. Check out the full schedule of events and register at mlkcommitteerwgr.com.
- Jan. 13 and 16. On Friday night, Temple Emeth in Teaneck will host Minister Kerwin Webb, who will speak on “Examining Dr. King, His Dream, and What it Means for Us in 2023.” Three days later, the same venue will host the Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Committee of Bergen County “Democracy Matters” birthday celebration on Monday at 6:30 p.m. The party in MLK’s honor will feature guest speakers, entertainment and more.
- Jan. 16. Join the Center for Food Action (CFA) at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Snack Pack Event held at noon at Community Baptist Church of Englewood. Registration fee ($60 per adult, $25 for student and free for kids 12 and under) pays for the snack packs that volunteers will help assemble. Donation and sponsorship opportunities are available too.
- Jan. 16. Join the state-wide Jersey Cares Martin Luther King Jr. Day initiative in a virtual volunteer project of your choice; you (and the kids) can create electronic cards for veterans; play the Virtual Chopped Challenge Workshop to get a feel for what it’s like for families who have to eat on a limited budget; or partake in the Understanding Homelessness Workshop. Other opportunities include creating either warmth kits or STEM kits that will be distributed to disadvantaged seniors and schools, respectively, across New Jersey, but registration for these two events has closed.
- Feb. 7. MLK remembrance continues into Black History Month at a reading at Englewood Library, where actor-poet David Mills will read some of MLK’s speeches, including “Promised Land” and the iconic “I Have a Dream.” The event begins at 7 p.m. in the library’s Mackay room, and admission is free.
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