HONORING DR. KING IN MONMOUTH COUNTY
Friday, January 12
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR JUSTICE EVENT
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Monmouth Reform Temple
332 Hance Avenue, Tinton Falls
Speaker: Reverend Gil Caldwell
The Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell was a young seminarian when he met the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at Boston University. He spent time with the civil rights leader as part of an effort to support public schools in the area.
Rev. Caldwell actively participated in the 1963 March on Washington, the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer, the 1965 Selma to Montgomery March, and the March in Boston protesting public school segregation, 1968 Poor People’s Campaign
Fifty-one years ago a plane landed on the half-mile strip of asphalt at Red Bank Airport on October 6, 1966.
Among those who stepped off that plane was Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who made his way to what was then called Monmouth College and delivered a message that had those who left the gymnasium brimming with optimism, renewed with hope, and ready to answer King’s challenge “to unite to make justice a reality.”
A campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination in 1968.
President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later.
It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an American federal holiday marking the
birthday of Martin Luther King Jr observed on the third Monday of January each year
This year the federal holiday falls on what would have been the 89th birthday of Dr. King
Join in celebrating Dr. King’s legacy by finding ways to give back to Your Community
Use Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 15, 2018 as a launching Pad for year round volunteer opportunities