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Saturday, January 19, 2013

MLK Potluck, Frontiers Breakfast take center stage in Plainfield MLK celebrations


Time was when celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday in Plainfield was a time of great community activity. Various groups organized events for their memberships and for the community, and the city published a calendar of all which was mailed to every household.

This year has been particularly muted, however. Only the New Dems MLK Potluck Dinner/Food Drive and the annual Frontiers International MLK Breakfast are being promoted.

There are no mentions on the official Plainfield website of any activities by the City recognizing the holiday or Dr. King's contributions. What can explain it?

In any event, tonight's MLK Potluck will be a spot of conviviality with purpose, and Monday's Frontier Breakfast will provide an opportunity to view President Obama's second inaugural with friends and neighbors. See details below --




SATURDAY · January 19 · 7 PM
New Dems: 5th Annual MLK Potluck Dinner and Food Drive

This must-attend communitywide MLK event becomes more popular every year. Join with old friends and new for food, fun and fellowship -- including opportunities for photos with the President. Donations of canned goods or non-perishable food items will benefit Shiloh Baptist Church's food pantry program.

At the home of Council President Adrian and Amelia Mapp, 535 West 8th Street
Sponsor: New Democrats for Plainfield
No RSVP necessary. Invite your friends to this popular event.

MONDAY · January  21 · 8:30 AM
37th Annual Frontiers MLK Memorial Breakfast.

Guests will have a double opportunity. Keynoting the breakfast portion of the day (which gets under way at 8:30 AM), will be Dr. Akil Khafani, director of the Africana Institute at Essex County College, speaking on the theme 'we must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools'. The breakfast is also the occasion to highlight student groups, give out Frontiers scholarships, and recognize those in the community who have made outstanding contributions.

Following the breakfast program, attendees will be able to watch as President Obama takes the oath of office for his second term and delivers his Inaugural Address. This will take place in the PHS Auditorium.

At Plainfield High School Cafeteria, 950 Park Avenue (use Kenyon Avenue lot and entrance)
Tickets: $16/person, $12/Students/Seniors
Sponsor: Plainfield Area Chaper of Frontiers International
Tickets: $16/General Admission, $12/Students and Seniors
Info and reservations: (908) 756-4663 or (732) 968-7500

--- Dan Damon [follow]


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1 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dan, In this economy who can afford to celebrate anything? With all the high taxes and PMUA bills,we can not afford to even eat out at Mc Donalds that alone go to a MLK Breakfast.