Across the country communities, activists, and volunteers came together to honor the memory of the great civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with parades, special services, and volunteer events on Monday, January 19th. Locally, many volunteers participated in the city of Summit’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, led by community organization, Shaping Summit Together. Among the participants Mayor Ellen Dickson, attended the Celebration of Community Service Luncheon at St. John’s Lutheran Church, where Raul Cadavid, community health educator at Overlook Medical Center; Emilie Boggis, Assistant Minister of The Unitarian Church; and Frank Bolden, Esq., retired Vice President of Diversity at Johnson & Johnson, were honored as recipients of the “Keeper of The Dream” Award.
Local events included a morning of outdoor work with “Spruce Up for Spring,” sponsored by Reeves-Reed Arboretum; “Bridge the Gap Between the Housed and Homeless,” sponsored by Bridges Outreach; a movie and dance party event, “TryCAN Families at the Movies”; and a community blood drive sponsored by The Rotary Club of Summit and New Providence and The American Red Cross. In addition, over 300 local residents attended an Interfaith Evening Service at Fountain Baptist Church where Duke University’s Dean of Chapel, Dean Luke Powery’s sermon reminded all of Dr. King’s great message and legacy.