Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Champion for Justice Jefferson Award
Recognizes those who continue the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through their work to promote Dr. King’s message of civil rights, justice for all, peace and non-violence in our communities and our state.
This award is a partnership with the New Jersey Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Event
The New Jersey Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission was proud to host our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative event.
Essex County African American Heritage Celebration
Geraldine R. Clark holding a photograph copy of the Martin Luther King, Jr. statute, during the Essex County African American Heritage Celebration.
Celebrating the 51st Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's Receipt of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize
Essex County unveiled a statute of Dr. King on October 19, 2015, the 51st anniversary of Dr. King’s receipt of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize.
Edith Savage-Jennings and Deborah Prinz, members of the New Jersey Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Commission, spoke at the unveiling ceremony. The statue was created by Oregon-based artist, Jay Warren.
Annual King Holiday Commemorative Celebration
The Annual King Holiday Commemorative Celebration is held on or about the third Sunday in January of each year in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday.
The Commemorative Celebration brings together a diverse group of people to celebrate Dr. King’s life’s work and legacy. It also allows New Jerseyans an opportunity to recommit themselves to fulfilling Dr. King’s dreams in the 21st century. The Commemorative Celebration continues to be the premier event in the State of New Jersey that honors Dr. King.
The Commission coordinates programming around “Behold”, the ten-foot, bonded-bronze sculpture.
The State of New Jersey purchased this casting of “Behold” shortly before an outdoor, bronze casting was installed permanently on a site overlooking the tomb of Dr. King at the King National Historic Site in Atlanta, Georgia in 1990. In June of the same year, the Commission installed its casting of the “Behold” statue at Essex County College in Newark, where it was unveiled and has remained on public exhibition.