mlk1Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

For the second year, Red Bank Charter School will celebrate the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and promote his principles at its annual Martin Luther King Community Service Breakfast on Saturday.

And on Sunday, the Pilgrim Baptist Church on Shrewsbury Avenue in Red Bank will host its annual commemoration of King’s life.

The charter school event is intended to honor the late civil rights activist by encouraging people to get involved in community service activities, organizers said.

The event also reinforces the school’s guiding principles of caring for each other and contributing to the larger community, according to  a press release from the school.

“This annual breakfast not only commemorates Dr. King and his important work but also encourages us all to do our part and give back to our local, national, and global communities,” said Lisa Cureton, a Red Bank Charter School parent, in the release.

Local non-profits will distribute information about their organizations and recruit volunteers. One of the non-profits, Bridge of Books, will also accept donations of gently used books.

The breakfast, which runs from 8 to 11:30a, will be held at Red Bank Charter School’s building at 58 Oakland Street. Pancakes, sausage, eggs, juice, coffee and tea will be served. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children and will be available at the door or in advance. All proceeds go to the Red Bank Charter School PGNET group.

For more info, call Red Bank Charter School at 732.450.2092.

At 11a on Sunday, Pilgrim Baptist will host its annual community celebration of King’s life and legacy. Dr. James Harris, state President of the NAACP New Jersey chapter and the Dean of Students at Montclair State University will be the guest speaker.

A special presentation entitled  “The Relevance & Importance of the NAACP in the 21st Century” will precede the service at 9:30a and will also be facilitated by Dr. Harris and other representatives of the NAACP.

Both the celebration presentation are open to the public.  For further details, contact:  Pastor Terrence K. Porter 732.747.2343.

Here’s a copy of King’s ‘Letter from the Birmingham Jail,’ which Porter disseminated this week, he said, “in an effort to rekindle our understanding of why Rev. King so passionately believed in justice for all those created by God.” letter-from-the-birmingham-jail