the junction where the arts and community meet

January 21, 2019
10 am – 2 pm
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Each year on the third Monday of January, a U.S. federal holiday since 1986, children are dismissed from school in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his incredible contributions to American life. In 1964 Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his dynamic leadership of the Civil Rights movement and steadfast commitment to achieving racial justice through nonviolent action. In recent years, many have sought to make this holiday, not a day off, but a day on, and to build upon Dr. King’s legacy by participating in their communities and helping others in need.

Join us at the West Windsor Arts Center for a day of service projects in cooperation with the West Windsor Human Relations Council. There will be multiple projects to work on along with speakers, music, and plenty of inspiration to go around.

Donations of the following items needed: New children’s pajamas; children’s books; children’s toothbrushes, toothpaste; shelf-stable (i.e. Parmalat) reduced fat milk (8oz.); single serving cereal bowls or boxes; tuna salad with crackers ready to go; microwavable pasta or soup bowls; peanutbutter to go; grape jelly in plastic containers; single serve fruit cups; granola bars; shelf stable pudding cups.

Guest Speaker Barbara Ingram-Edmonds
10 am after the Welcome

This year, we are honored to welcome Barbara Ingram-Edmonds as one of our guest speakers. Ms. Ingram-Edmonds is a passionate advocate and creator of many education and leadership development opportunities in our community. She has served for more than ten years on the West Windsor Township Human Relations Council, six of those years as the Chairperson. In 2009, she spearheaded the first community celebration of the birthday of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., which continues to open the doors to dialogue on how to build positive community relations.

In addition, Barbara and her husband, Reverend Dr. Cornell A. Edmonds, helped to establish the Interfaith Community Bridge (ICB) as a tool to bring diverse faith and community leaders together. She also helped lead the Human Relations Council’s participation at the West Windsor Township’s annual “National Night Out” event at Community Park. This event is sponsored by local police departments across the country to promote positive relations between police departments and the community. Barbara is also the former President of the West Windsor Plainsboro African-American Parent Support Group, and presently serves as a sustaining member of the President’s Council of Cornell Women. She serves as the Labor Co-Chair of the Greater New York Labor Religion Coalition, which is a coalition of diverse faith and labor leaders who promote worker justice and human rights.

Barbara is a strong believer in our urgent need to create the “Beloved Community” that Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. fought for in his lifetime toward building strong and sustainable positive community relationships crossing all boundaries.

Guest Speaker Martin Whitfield
12 Noon

Martin Whitfield will also speak during the MLK Day of Service at the West Windsor Arts Center. Martin has been an influential resident of West Windsor, and was elected in 2017 to the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District School Board where he has worked tirelessly to bring people together in empowering and enlightening ways. Martin is married to the lovely Deonna Amos-Whitfield, and together they have 5 beautiful children. Martin Whitfield currently holds the honorable position of General Manager of the multi-faceted 55 acre Princeton-Windsor Cultural Complex (PWCC) located right here in West Windsor.  In 4 1/2 years, Martin has developed a community and cultural complex that directly and fully embraces diversity, education, culture, enrichment, religion, fitness, sports, international interests, the arts, entertainment, and has hosted over 400+ Community/International/Private & Cultural Events.

See you Monday for a day on, not a day off!