Honoring Dr. King

The good neighbor looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers.” So said Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, the focus of attention over these next few days. Do any of these opportunities to focus on Dr. King’s ideals speak to you?

A listening opportunity: “Why is it so difficult to have conversations about race?” Melissa Harris Perry helped to answer that question, speaking with Marty Moss-Coane this morning on WHYY, and it will be rebroadcast tonight at 10 p.m. (Friday, January 14) and also available by podcast.

A service opportunity: come to PJ Hill school in Trenton on Monday, January 17, 9 to noon. Organizing for America NJ will organize volunteers to paint murals in the cafeteria, spruce up the grounds, and build picnic tables.

A children’s workshop: the Arts Council of Princeton will try to bring Dr. King’s efforts to life with an afternoon of creative learning, artistic expression, and hands on fun, Monday, January 17, 1 to 4 p.m. at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, cosponsored by the Kidsbridge Tolerance Museum.
A university celebration: Princeton University will hold its annual awards ceremony on Monday, January 17, 1 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.

A worship opportunity: attend the Princeton Clergy Association’s annual interfaith service on Monday, January 17, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Princeton United Methodist Church, 7 Vandeventer Street. The Coalition for Peace Action is the co-sponsor. Pastor Catherine Williams, pastoral assistant at Princeton United Methodist Church, will preach. Music will be provided by the Combined Choir of Mt. Pisgah and Lashir of the Jewish Center of Princeton, and there
will be solos by Carlensha Bethea Grady of Nassau Presbyterian Church and Stuart Lehman of the Jewish Center.
A youth interfaith service: bring the family to the First Baptist Church youth day, 126 Kids in Jeans, on Sunday, January 23, at 10:30 p.m. The number 126 refers to the age of the church. (Shown above, the church’s “I Have a Dream” memorial).
A discussion opportunity: attend one of the series, Continuing Conversations on Race, sponsored by Not in Our Town, at the Princeton Public Library on first Mondays. The next is Monday, February 7, at 7:30 p.m.

Martin Luther King also said, “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

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