Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Slated for Monday

By: Michael Mandarino, Follow South Jersey Managing Editor

SOUTH JERSEY — Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and a number of different organizations based in South Jersey are hosting service-related events to celebrate one of the United States’ finest leaders.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s events will either take place virtually or in-person with COVID-19-related safety guidelines in place. One in-person event that is set to take place on Monday is at the American Legion in Millville, which is located at 220 Buck St. Breakfast will be served before community members go out to volunteer for the day. The event’s capacity limit is 40 people, and it’s being hosted by the Millville Black Leader’s Group.

Jersey Cares is also seeking volunteers for its 25th annual Coat Drive at eight different locations throughout New Jersey, including one in Cherry Hill. You can sign up to help out at the in-person event and find more information about Jersey Cares’ virtual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service events on its website.

In addition to those events, a number of different virtual events will commemorate the national holiday. New Jersey’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative commission is hosting a virtual youth conference from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday that you can sign up for here. The Ivy League Educational Foundation is also hosting its Martin Luther King Jr. memorial scholarship breakfast at 10 a.m. on Monday, and you can sign up to attend here. The cost of attending this event is $40.

Rowan University will also host its Martin Luther King Jr. scholarship event virtually at 9 a.m. on Monday. Current students can attend the event for free, but virtual guests will have to pay $25 to attend the virtual event. You can sign up to attend the scholarship celebration, which will take place via Webex, and find more information on how to serve the community after the scholarship celebration wraps up here.

The West Windsor Arts Center will also host a virtual panel discussion about Martin Luther King Jr. Day beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday. The panel discussion will take place via Zoom webinar before the arts center’s Day of Service kicks off at 2 p.m. Advance preparation is needed to participate in the Day of Service, and you can sign up for the webinar here.

And lastly, Ocean City’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day ceremony will be held virtually. The ceremony will begin at noon on Monday, and the city will honor one resident with its award named after Dr. King. According to the city’s official website, the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Services Award is annually presented to the community member who “exemplifies the philosophy and ideas of the late Dr. King, who worked to advance civil rights, equal education, labor rights, voter rights and who fought racial inequality through non-violence and civil disobedience.”

Ocean City hasn’t released information about how to attend the event virtually, but it’ll make that information available on its website soon.

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