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Braving the Cold to Celebrate Dr. King in South Orange



On Saturday, one Seth Boyden student and two graduates of the school braved frigid temperatures to sell Luminarias in Downtown South Orange to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. One customer, Dr. Adriana Compagnoni, bought three kits.

The Luminaria Project is sponsored by the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race. Residents can join 1,000 other families throughout the town towns to celebrate Dr. King’s message of peace and justice by displaying luminaries on the evening of January 19. The luminaries, $10 for a packet of four with four white “peace” bags, will be on sale in at the CCR event at St. Joseph’s Church, 767 Prospect St., Maplewood, at 2 p.m. today. The interfaith service, co-hosted by St. Joseph’s and First Baptist Church of South Orange, will feature music and songs from the Greg Bufford Jazz Trio, Voices in Harmony, and Kenny Vaughn. This year’s featured speaker will be Joseph Ford, Selma Freedom Rider and current Maplewood resident. A Volunteer Fair and reception will follow at 3:30 p.m.

Luminaria kits are also available at Words Bookstore in Maplewood and Sparkhouse Kids in South Orange.

The students pictured are Amori White, Sofia and Juliette Licata.


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