Friday, January 20, 2012
Annual MLK event features homegrown civil rights activist Dr. Robert Curvin
The celebration of the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. went beyond the federal holiday Monday in Newark. Residents, dignitaries and students gathered at American History High School Thursday for the 24th anniversary celebration of "Sing in Praise of King," an hour-long show that depicted King's influence during the civil rights era through song, dance and guest speakers. The Diversity Youth Theater ensemble performed an abridged version of "The Movement," which portrayed the civil rights movement from a young person's perspective, while the American History High School choir belted out inspirational tunes. With this year's theme "The Freedom Riders: How their courage changed America then and now," Newark-bred Dr. Robert Curvin, the …
Monday, January 16, 2012
Volunteers paint murals, hallways in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
More than 100 volunteers "painted" it forward Monday morning, spending hours meticulously decorating the hallways of West Side High School in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy of service. Volunteers from groups like YouthBuild Newark, Community Education Centers, Clearview Baptist Church, and University of Rutgers-Newark spruced up 46 areas within the Newark school with inspirational murals and fresh coats of paint. The project, one of six in Newark on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, was organized by Brick City Serves and Jersey Cares, two organizations with a focus on community service. Volunteering is "really what this day is about," said Tonya Bryan, chief service officer of Brick City Serves. "It's not about having a day off, it…
Monday is MLK Day, a federal holiday
Monday, January 16, 2012
Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a day set aside to celebrate and honor the birthday of the slain civil rights leader.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Women recognized for outstanding community service in Newark
For three New Jersey women living by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s virtue of community service isn't limited to just one day a year – it's one they've built their lives around. Marcia Brown, Mary Weaver and Lynda Lloyd will be recognized for their hard work and dedication as community leaders during a special Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration reception Thursday night at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Brown and Weaver, vice chancellor for student and community affairs at Rutgers University-Newark and vice chairwoman of internal affairs for People Organization's for Progress, respectively, will each receive the Steward of the Dream award, while Lynda Lloyd, founder of Newark-based program Young Urbanites Unite, will receive the …