The SOMA Community Coalition on Race held multiple events to celebrate the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day of observance on Monday, January 20, 2020. The official observance event was at 2:00 PM at Columbia High School. Hundreds of SOMA residents and friends gathered to honor Dr. King through music, a sharing of interfaith readings and an affirmation of Dr. King’s call to action and service. Afterward, there was a Reception and Volunteer Fair in the cafeteria. After the observance and fair, attendees and the entire community were invited to join the SOMA Luminary Project lighting which was sponsored by the Allison Ziefert Real Estate Group!
The Luminary Project was started by South Orange resident Patricia Canning, a good friend of Allison Ziefert. The Community Coalition on Race organizes this event, and the objective is to provide a focal point where all families and all ages can participate in a remembrance ceremony to mark Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. The light is symbolic of our hope to create a beloved community where justice, equal opportunity and ONE love prevail for all in our SOMA community.
The luminaries, white bags with votive candles inside that can be decorated with images of Dr. King’s message of peace, were placed in front of homes and lit beginning at 6:00 PM on MLK Day, January 20th. This was a great way to include children in the observation of the holiday, and teach them more about Dr. King’s message. The luminary bags were decorated with words and symbols that represent Dr. King’s teachings. Luminary kits were available for purchase with four in a pack for a suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Coalition.
It was so uplifting to see our towns’ commitment to Dr. King’s vision of a Beloved Community where racism and all forms of discrimination, bigotry and prejudice are replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood.
For more information on the Luminary Project, please see the CCR’s website at www.twotowns.org.