MLK Day is observed on the third Monday of January each year (January 16, 2017) to pay honor to Dr. Martin Luther King and to the principles for which he lived and died.
The holiday also celebrates the life and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the history of the civil rights movement in the United States.
The other component of the MLK holiday is “The Day of Service” which fosters his legacy by transforming the federal holiday into a national day of community service grounded in his teachings of nonviolence and social justice.
The idea is to make the holiday a day where people of all ages and backgrounds come together to improve lives, bridge social barriers, and move our nation closer to the ” Community” that Dr. Martin Luther King envisioned. On MLK Day, many of the events throughout NJ are set up for volunteers as a day of service to the community.
NJPAC’s Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dance Theatre of Harlem Celebration
Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 8pm
New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Prudential Hall, Newark
This celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pays tribute to the life and legacy of one of the 20th century’s most inspiring leaders. The events feature a performance by the Dance Theatre of Harlem, the legendary ballet company founded in 1969 as an artistic means to turn despair into hope following the assassination of Dr. King.
Annual Princeton University Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Monday, January 16, 2017 Exhibition and seating begins at 1:00 p.m.
Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall, Princeton University
31st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast @ Rowan University
Monday, January 16, 2017 @9:30 a.m.
Eynon Ballroom, Chamberlain Student Center, Rowan University, Glassboro
This year’s keynote speaker will be former U.S. Secretary of Labor, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Alexis Margaret Herman, to honor the life and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey 13th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Monday, January 16, 2017; @ 8am
At the Galloway, Hammonton, Manahawkin, Atlantic City & Woodbine Locations
Gloucester Township’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Monday, January 16, 2017; 8:30 am – noon
Charles W. Lewis Middle School, Gloucester Township