Mission
The mission of the New Jersey Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission is to raise public awareness of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s ideals and philosophy.
Commission Members
George V. Guy, Jr, Chair

Senator Ronald L. Rice
Senator Shirley K. Turner
Senator Christopher Bateman
Senator Kristin Corrado
Assemblyman Arthur Barclay
Assemblywoman Cleopatra Tucker

Bahiyyah Abdullah
Nancy L. Axelrod
James L. Ballentine
Darlene D. Bryant, Ph.D.
Dr. Kenyon C. Burke
Pastor Joseph Carter
Geraldine R. Clark
Linda L. Coles
Stephenine Dixon
Yvette Donaldson
Sarah Murray Dundas
Samuel Frisby, Sr.
Lynda Gallashaw
Roy Garcia
Dr. Richlyn Goddard
Jeffrey Jones
Agha M. Khan
Deborah M. Prinz
Theodora Smiley Lacey
Wanda Sims
Jackie P. Taylor
Wendel White
Governor's Proclamation
Information Links
Contact the NJ Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission
NJ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Commemorative Commission
P.O. Box 456
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0204

Tel: (609) 633-9627
Fax: (609) 777-2939

Email: Feedback@sos.nj.gov
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“The King Year: Reflection in Action”
“The King Year: Reflection in Action”

AmeriCorps members came together to recognize the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination. The members were encouraged to continue their leadership in their communities by a powerful speech from the Secretary of State, Tahesha Way. A panel discussion on “How Dr. King’s Message Inspired My Journey of Service” highlighted the morning followed by workshop sessions on Conflict Resolution, King Year Calendar of Service, Poverty, and Oratory: Speak Up! Speak Out!

2018 MLK 50th Anniversary
2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration
2018 MLK Commemorative Celebration
Eldridge Hawkins, Jr. moderates the Restorative Justice and Diversionary Programs Panel

2018 MLK Commemorative Celebration
Mrs. Savage-Jennings



Edith M. Savage-Jennings
(1924 - 2017)


As we mourn the great loss of Mrs. Savage-Jennings we would like to recognize her work as a founding and lifetime member of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission, where she worked inexhaustibly to bring together people of all ages and backgrounds to raise public awareness of Dr. King’s ideals and philosophy. Mrs. Savage-Jennings was a civil rights icon whose influences will continue to be felt for generations to come.
Programs

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.

“Behold” Sculpture
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.