Martin Luther King Day of Service
Each January, Rutgers University–Camden answers a national call to service to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Volunteers, families, and community members come together to participate in a day of action, both on the campus and in the community. Activities run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on January 21 and are open to students, alumni, faculty, and staff of the university; their families; and children and adults from across the city, the state, and the region. As an alternative to participating in a service project, attendees can also register for a marathon reading of “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” Visit Rutgers–Camden’s Civic Engagement website for more information.
New Jersey Film Festival
The New Jersey Film Festival’s Spring 2019 screening schedule kicks off on Friday, January 25 with showings of Geometry, a short animation inspired by the work of experimental filmmakers Oskar Fischinger and John Whitney, and Diary of Rooftop Water Towers, a poetic homage to New York City’s water towers as they evolve through the seasons. The season continues through March 1. Visit njfilmfest.com for more information.
MLK Commemorative Lecture
The Newark Public Library will host a lecture commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. on Tuesday, January 29 featuring antiracism educator and author Tim Wise and president and CEO of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice Ryan Haygood. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served. Visit npl.org/mlklecture for more information or to register.