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The Hon. Tahesha Way, Lt. Governor and Secretary of State

New Jersey Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission Announces 2023 I Have A Dream grantees

TRENTON, NJ – After review by an independent panel, the New Jersey Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission has announced the twenty-two recipients of the I have a Dream mini-grant from approximately 70 applicants.

This grant will allow communities to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s I HAVE A DREAM speech, delivered at the March on Washington on August 28, 1963. The events or programs will take place across the state on or around the anniversary of the historic speech.

“I am pleased to congratulate all of our I Have a Dream grant award recipients”, said New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way. “We are proud to support programming in communities across New Jersey to commemorate Dr. King’s speech and further his legacy and our understanding of his work.”

“On behalf of the New Jersey Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, I want to thank all of the applicants for their creative and engaging applications. The Commission is grateful that New Jerseyans across the state will have an opportunity to commemorate this historic speech,” Commission Chairman George Guy said. “And we invite, our friends, neighbors and visitors to join in.”

MLK23 I have a Dream Grant Recipients TOWN EVENT
Demarest Elementary School Bloomfield MLK Literacy Day
New Jersey Orators, Inc. Bridgewater "Remembering Their Legacy: An Oral History of our Seniors"
Literacy New Jersey Edison MLK I Have a Dream 2023
Community Access Unlimited, Inc. Elizabeth “We Still Have a Dream"
Friends of Bergen-Lafayette Montessori School Jersey City The Right to Read - The Greatest Civil Rights Issue of Our Time (A Clips & Conversation Event)
Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts "RRCA" Millville "Growing a Community" mural project
Friends of the Howe House Montclair 2023 Montclair I Have a Dream Festival
Clinton Hill Community Action Newark A "King" Celebration: From D.C to Clinton Hill
Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District Newark Lincoln Park Youth Arts Collective: Dream In Color
Oaklyn Baptist Church Oaklyn Experiencing the Dream
Academy for Urban Leadership Charter School Perth Amboy "I Have A Dream" Temporary Street mural.
Norwescap Phillipsburg EPIC - Building an Antiracist World through Education, Participation, Intention & Courage
Refugee Assistance Partners NJ Scotch Plains Achieving the Dream: A Better Future For All
Raritan Valley (NJ) Chapter - The Links, Inc. Somerset Reflections and Renewal: A Commemorative Celebration of the Dream
MLK Jr Birthday Committee, Inc. of ML KBergen County Teaneck I HAVE A DREAM-OUR SHARED DESTINY
Isles Inc Recreation Trenton T-Recs Field Days
Isles, Inc. Garden Trenton Trenton Sensory Park
Passaic Street Business Association, Inc. Trenton "Following Up on the Dream"
Shiloh Baptist Church CDC Trenton Supporting the Dream: Back2School Festival and Community Clothing Giveaway
Michele Mitchell Scholarship Fund West New York I Have a Dream, Too
South Jersey Artist Collective Woodbury DR KING: A MURAL with and for the community


About the New Jersey Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission:
Established by the Legislature, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, based in the Department of State, develops, coordinates and advises the Governor on Statewide activities in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. Further, it is the purpose of the Commission to create programs designed to educate the people of New Jersey about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement.


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