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Morris County Honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Morris County

By: Najla Alexander  

Morris County officials reported that songs, prayers, and words of hope from clerics, community leaders, and public officials highlighted the day-long 53rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration in Morristown today. 

According to officials, the Martin Luther King Observance Committee, in collaboration with the Morris Area Clergy Council and the African American Clergy Association, hosted the annual event, beginning with an in-person service at the Calvary Baptist Church of Morristown at which Morris County Board of County Commissioners Director John Krickus provided remarks.

“This year’s theme, “From Dream To Action: Healing Our Divisions,” says so much; as what are words without action? Dr. King was one of the few who excelled at both. In addressing actions for the future, Dr. King said, “Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice,” Director Krickus said.

“Ladies and gentlemen, I would suggest there has never been a greater opportunity for us to come together, develop and use our God-given talents, and bend the arc of economic and social justice at a faster pace, so our actions can realize the dream.”

MLK day speech

Dr. David A. Hollowell, Chair of the Martin Luther King Observance Committee, provided the welcome remarks, followed by an invocation from Monsignor John Hart from the Assumption Church of Morristown, songs from the Calvary Baptist Praise Team, and a benediction by Pastor Jerry M. Carter, Jr. of the Calvary Baptist Church officials say. 

“Particularly in this time of pandemic affliction, political chaos, and social unrest, we believe that this is a great time to demonstrate that the important work of building a harmonious and loving community remains a high priority. To this end, we have adopted as our theme this year, “From Dream to Action: Healing our Divisions,” the Committee said in a statement about the event.

Today marks the 38th year that the birthday of Dr. King was commemorated as a national holiday. 

The Morristown service, officials say, has become an annual staple in the Morris County community, followed by a series of panel discussions that were available virtually through the Observance Committee website.

Participants included U.S. Rep. Mikie Sherrill and the Rev. Dr. David Jefferson of the Metropolitan Baptist Church of Newark, who provided the keynote address, officials said. 

 

Full Remarks of Commissioner Director John Krickus

"I wish everyone a blessed Martin Luther King Day.

It is an honor to represent you and all Morris County residents as director of the county Board of Commissioners.

This year’s theme, “From Dream To Action: Healing Our Divisions,” says so much, as what are words without action? 

Dr. King was one of the few who excelled at both.

Before talking about actions for the future, let me briefly talk about this past year.

At our Morris County administrative building on Juneteenth, we unveiled a plaque to Vicki Craig and Art in the Atrium. Viki is one of only three people so honored.

Our Memorial Day service was graced with a powerful keynote address by my brother Marine Emerson Crooks, who shared words only a Vietnam veteran could express.

This past summer, Morristown held a wonderful celebration for William “Butch” Barber, who, as I surmised from all his accomplishments, Butch must have had a 30-hour day to get all the things done he signed up for.

In addressing actions for the future, Dr. King said, “Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

He said that at a time when the schoolhouse door was blocked in too many places, dividing us by race.

Today in Morris County, Dr. Iacono at County College Of Morris, Superintendent Moffit of Morris County Vocation District, stand at the schoolhouse door -- ready to welcome everyone with more resources than ever.

We are expanding Vo-tech by 500 students with programs in health care, technology, manufacturing, and finance.

CCM has just expanded with a new Advanced Engineering And Manufacturing Center and will be adding an expansion of the Culinary Program And Entrepreneurship Center.

Ladies and gentlemen, I would suggest there has never been a greater opportunity for us to come together, to develop and use our God-given talents to bend the arc of economic and social justice at a faster pace, so our actions can realize the dream. 

Thank you, and God bless."