The following area events are planned to commemorate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Information about additional events can be emailed to Newstips@pressofAtlanticCity.com:
A craft activity will be held for children of all ages from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Pleasantville Library, 33 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Call 609-641-1778 for more information. Former Ocean City Councilman the Rev. Gregory Johnson will give a reading of King's "I Have a Dream Speech" during a ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center at Ocean City High School on 6th Street and Atlantic Avenue. The event will also feature Mayor Jay Gillian, the Bubby Fan Gospel Group and Carly Del Sorda will sing a solo. Hurricane Sandy volunteers and first responders will be honored.
Community Activist Kaleem Shabazz will discuss the relevance of King's philosophy in the age of President Obama at the Atlantic City Free Public Library at 1 Tennessee Ave. The program is for all ages. For more information call 609-345-2269, ext. 3050.
"The Mountaintop: A Mixed Media Sculpture program" will have participants make a collective mountain sculpture commemorating King's work at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Atlantic City Free Public Library at 1 Tennessee Ave. The program is for all ages. For more information call 609-345-2269, ext. 3050.
Sunday School students at Congregation Beth Israel will make lunches for the homeless at 9 a.m. Sunday at the synagogue on 2501 Shore Road in Northfield and at 10 a.m. the students and Rabbi David M. Weis will present a check to Jewish Family Service Hurricane Relief for $1,800.
The African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey, 661 Jackson Road in the Newtonville section of Buena Vista Township, will unveil a "Black Mail" exhibit Monday featuring the 65 African Americans who have appeared on U.S. postage stamps. The exhibit is a tribute to Rosa Parks, who will appear on a stamp in February. The exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and a special ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. For more information visit www.aahmsnj.org.
The annual "Martin Luther King Jr. March" will start at 11 a.m. Monday from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. complex on 1700 Marmora Ave. in Atlantic City and end at St. James AME Church on 101 North New York Ave. for a program featuring guest speaker Pastor Eric McCoy. For more information email SDixon442@Gmail.com.
The Galloway Township Middle School, 100 S. Reeds Road, is hosting the township's 25th annual Martin Luther King Day event at 9 a.m. Monday. The event will feature musical selections from the St. Paul CME Church Choir, the Absegami High School Choir, Brian Conover, the school's Drill/Step Team, recitations from the school's Student Council, and recognition of Rev. and Mrs. Martin Bass and Carla Dow.
The Mt. Zion Baptist Church of New Jersey will hold its annual Martin Luther King Jr. service at noon Monday at 353 South New Road in Pleasantville. It will include a youth talent show, a service with a guest speaker and a reunion choir. Call 609-383-6900 ext. 4116 for more information.
The Ocean City Clean Communities program will hold its annual Clean Up Day on Monday. Volunteers should register and pick up supplies starting 9 a.m. at the Howard S. Stainton Senior Center on 1735 Simpson Ave. The city will provide gloves and trash bags. Groups or organizations wishing to participate should call the city's Public Works Department at 609-399-6111 ext. 9711 or 9702.
The Carriage House Gallery at the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St. in Cape May, will host a free exhibit exploring the significance of black fraternal, social and civic organizations in African American social life in Cape May County. The exhibit will open at 4 p.m. Monday. For more information visit www.capemaymac.org
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey is hosting the ninth annual Day of Service in honor of King on Monday at 700 volunters registered at almost two dozen different locations. The day begins at 9 a.m. For more information visit www.stockton.edu
The annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Brotherhood-Sisterhood Breakfast will take place Tuesday at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey’s Campus Center Event Room in Galloway Township. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. and lasts an hour. The breakfast brings together community leaders and student leaders from throughout the Atlantic County area.