Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a vital figure of the modern era. His lectures and dialogues stirred the concern and sparked the conscience of a generation. The movements and marches he led brought significant changes in the fabric of American life through his courage and selfless devotion.
This devotion gave direction to thirteen years of civil rights activities. His charismatic leadership inspired men and women, young and old, in this nation and around the world.
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.
Commemorative Commission Award Recipients
The New Jersey Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission has started an initiative which recognizes community members who exemplify the spirit and legacy of Dr. King.
The following are two of the recipients whose service was honored by Commissioner Stephenine Dixon of Atlantic City, Mr. Adrian Wilson and Ms. Penny Ely.