Hoboken MLK Day Events
Here is some information regarding the Martin Luther King day activities planned in Hoboken over the next few days.
As one reader said about the concert: “It’s one of the coolest events in Hoboken. The house band includes Rob Harari (Gordies, owns Harriville Studios), Gene Turonis (aka Gene da Plumber), Mike Kilmer (aka Mike ILL, formerly of Hoboken’s Sweet Lizard Illtet, now with Pensacola, Florida’s MadHappy), the legendary Perry Robinson on clarinet, yours truly on keys and a wild assortment of Hoboken’s great musicians backing students from all the local schools and the Jubilee center. In addition to the music, there will be tables from most of Hoboken’s tremendous volunteer organizations where people can learn more about how they can be involved in making this a better community (the motto of the event has been Martin Luther King Day, not a day off but a DAY ON – this came out of founder Jill Singleton’s admiration of Reverend Kings quote that “anybody can be great because anybody can serve”).”
Friday, January 18th
The ninth annual March on Washington Street to spread Dr. Martin Luther King’s call to service will take place on Friday, January 18th beginning at 10:15am at Church Square Park, 4th and Garden Streets, and continuing to City Hall where Mayor David Roberts will issue a proclamation.
Following a study of the civil rights movement and its impact on how we live today, students re-enact the original March on Washington of August 1963. Hoboken Charter School students have adopted the theme “In the Footsteps of a King” as this year’s theme to further address the work of Dr. King along with other champions of the civil rights movement, human rights, and peace advocacy, including Eleanor Roosevelt, Mohatma Gandhi, Cesar Chavez, Raoul Wallenberg, and Desmund Tutu, to name a few. Hoboken city officials, children and families participate in the march sponsored by the Hoboken Charter School and are joined by students from Hoboken public and private schools.
Monday, January 21st
On Monday, January 21st, Martin Luther King Day, there will be a civil rights exhibit and concert at All Saints Parish, 707 Washington Street, from 4 to 6:30 pm. At this sixth annual “Sing Out for Justice” concert local musicians join with students to perform traditional gospel, folk and freedom songs. Featured artists include Gene Turonis, Perry Robinson, David Plakke, Rob Harari, Abbe Rivers, John Keim, Don DePascale and the choirs of All Saints Episcopal Parish and United Synagogue of Hoboken. Student work and exhibits exploring the civil rights movement will be on display.