RED BANK, NJ - Fifty-one years ago a plane landed on the half-mile strip of asphalt at Red Bank Airport on October 6, 1966. Among those who stepped off that plane was Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who made his way to what was then called Monmouth College and delivered a message that had those who left the gymnasium brimming with optimism, renewed with hope, and ready to answer King’s challenge “to unite to make justice a reality.”

Not long after a campaign for a federal holiday in King's honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr observed on the third Monday of January each year. This year the federal holiday falls on what would have been the 89th birthday of Dr. King. 

Celebrate Dr. King's legacy by finding ways to give back to Your Community 

Use Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 15, 2018 as a launching Pad for year round volunteer opportunities.

For further information and to register your event,


Join in at any of these events and help Remember-Honor-Celebrate  DR.  MARTIN LUTHER KING JR

 Wednesday, January 10


7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Congregation Torat El

301 Monmouth Road, Oakhurst

RSVP: 732-531-4410

Key Note Speaker: Professor Rasheda Young,

Remarks by Rabbi Aaron Schonbrun , Pastor Cedric Miller,

Reverend Aaron Gibson and Dr. Donald D. Warner

Performances by the Second Baptist Church Choir of Long Branch and the

Living Word Christian Fellowship Choir of Neptune

Dessert Buffet Reception


Thursday, January 11


7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Trinity A.M.E. Church

66 Liberty Church, Long Branch

Info: 732-222-6598

A Night of Gospel to Honor Rev Dr. Martin Luther King , Jr

Presented by Rev. King, Jr Memorial Guild of Greater Long Branch


Friday, January 12


6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Portuguese Club

191 Broadway, Long Branch

Info: 732-571-6545

Tickets: $12 at the door

Come and enjoy a meal fit for THE KING

Presented by The Rev. King, Jr Memorial Guild of Greater Long Branch


Friday, January 12


7:00 PM  - 8:30 PM

Monmouth Reform Temple

332 Hance Avenue,  Tinton Falls

Info: 732-747-9365

Speaker: Reverend Gil Caldwell

The Rev. Caldwell was a young seminarian when he met the

Rev. King Jr. at Boston University.  He spent time with

the civil rights leader as part of an effort to support public

schools in the area.

Rev. Caldwell actively participated in the 1963 March on Washington, the 1964

Mississippi Freedom Summer, the 1965 Selma to Montgomery March, and the

March in Boston protesting public school segregation, 1968 Poor People’s Campaign


Saturday, January 13


3:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Monmouth Reform Temple

332 Hance Avenue,  Tinton Falls

Info: 732-747-9365

Presentation of the film: ROSENWALD

Remarkable story of a Jewish partnership with African American Communities


Saturday, January 13


1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Please join the Red Bank Community- our families, schools, churches, and businesses –

in a show of solidarity that celebrates and affirms Red Bank's commitment to

diversity, tolerance and inclusion.  As part of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King

Community Commemorative Weekend, we invite all the individual community groups

within the greater Red Bank area to meet at a place of their choosing about

12:45pm and march as a group at 1PM to the Pilgrim Baptist Church at 172 Shrewsbury Avenue.

Clergy, community leaders and elected officials of the Red Bank area, will lead a

brief ceremony (prayers, presentations and song) commemorating the 1963 march

on Washington, DC. Refreshments will be served.

If you do not have a group within Red Bank to March with,  the T. Thomas Fortune Committee Invites

YOU to join with us. This March is Open to ALL Please Be Sure to RSVP to

so we may inform the organizers. Let us know how many are coming

We will meet at 12:45PM at The T.Thomas Fortune Cultural Center located at

94 Drs James Parker Blvd in Red Bank. We will begin to march at 1pm to

Pilgrm Baptist Church located at 172 Shrewsbury Avenue and then join in with the program



Sunday, January 14


2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

MLK Memorial Monument

Atlantic Avenue, Long Branch

Info: 732-571-6545

Meet at the Martin Luther King Memorial Monument on

Atlantic Avenue near Patten Avenue to March to

Second Baptist at 93 Liberty Street

Guest Speaker: Rev. Dr. Charles F. Boyer

Presented by Rev. King, Jr Memorial Guild of Greater Long Branch


Sunday, January 14


5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Mt Olive Holy Temple

10 Atkins Avenue, Neptune

Keynote Speaker: Rev Nadine Booney

Special Selections by Alpha and Omega Praise Team

Victory Tabernacle of Prayer Choir-Sensational Four by Faith-

The Mighty Cherubim


Sunday, January 14


6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County

1475 West Front Street, Lincroft


Reflecting on King's Teachings

Join the Social Action Film Series and the Racial Justice Task Force

for selected videos highlighting Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy of

unconditional love- and discussion about the viability of this method

for our present-day challenges.


Monday, January 15


8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Branches Catering

123 Monmouth Road, West Long Branch

RSVP: 732-671-5505, x 110

Tickets: Adults $30-Youth $10 (12 & under)

Featuring Keynote Speaker: Pastor James Gates III

Please join us as we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

and the impact of his teachings on today’s youth.


Monday, January 15


9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

MLK Memorial Monument

Atlantic Avenue, Long Branch

Info: 732-571-6545

Join in with the Rev. King, Jr Memorial Guild of Greater Long Branch

to celebrate, remember and honor Dr. King with Guest Speaker:

Rev. Dr. Lesly Devereaux at The MLK Memorial Park located

near Patten Avenue


Monday, January 15


12:00 Noon - 3:00 PM

Pilgrim Baptist Church

172 Shrewsbury Avenue, Red Bank

Info: 732-747-2343

Doors Open 11AM

Join in with Pilgrim Baptist Church and Guest Speaker: Rev. Eric Dobson

to celebrate, remember and honor Dr King

Also features the: Jazz Arts Academy, One Moving Body Dance

Troupe, The Performing Arts Ministry of Pilgrim, The Red Bank Regional High School

Chamber Choir and much more.  Reception after the service.

All attendees are asked to bring new (unused) socks, scarfs and gloves to

be donated to: "Project Community Cares."

The event will be held on: Wednesday, January 24 at the Pilgrim Baptist Church.


Wednesday, January 24


9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Pilgrim Baptist Church

172 Shrewsbury Avenue, Red Bank

Info:  732-747-2343

If you are a resident of Monmouth County and are in

need of assistance, this event is a must. Food, clothing,

health screenings (blood, lead and HIV), flu shots and

information about housing and other services will be

available FREE of charge.

NO registration is required. Walk-In's greatly encouraged!

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