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PRESS RELEASE
Office of the Mayor – West Windsor Township
January 8, 2009

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts:         Shing-Fu Hsueh, Mayor
                          West Windsor Township
                          (609) 799-2400

WEST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP CELEBRATION
OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR’S BIRTHDAY

On Monday, January 19, 2009, the West Windsor Township Human Relations Council and the West Windsor Plainsboro African-American Parent Support Group will host the second annual celebration for the birthday of Dr.  Martin Luther King, Jr. at the West Windsor Township Library located at 333 North Post Road in Princeton Junction, New Jersey at 2:00 PM.  Community, faith, educators, government officials, legislative leaders, and the public are invited to join this wonderful and historic celebration.

“We hope to use this opportunity to create a dialogue on the role of civic engagement in our community advocated by Dr. King in his quest to achieve a ‘beloved community’ in his lifetime and beyond.” stated Mayor Hsueh of West Windsor.  He added, “We will also celebrate the election and inauguration on January 20, 2009 of our first African-American president, Barack Obama, and the implications of this historic event in building racial harmony in our community.”

The community is invited to join this conversation on Monday, January 19, 2009. The program will include keynote speaker, Reverend Cornell Edmonds, Esq.  Reverend Edmonds is the Stated Clerk for the Presbytery of New York City.  Mr. Edmonds is an ordained Presbyterian minister and an attorney admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey.  Reverend Edmonds is a frequent speaker on Dr. King, and formerly General Counsel for the New York Metropolitan Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Non-Violence.  He currently performs extensive training on Presbyterian Church government and leadership development.  Reverend Edmonds is also in the initial stages of writing his first book.

“The forum will focus on how we can embrace hope, faith, and courage with transformative action to develop strategies to attack the chaos in our communities and nation due to economic instability and great unrest around the world,” said, Hassan Syed, chairperson of the Human Relations Council for West Windsor Township.  “We hope to use this conversation as an avenue to begin to develop an action plan on a local level which can be used to help create a “beloved community” in a respectful and inclusive fashion.”

The event will be followed by a reception and multi-media display on the life and legacy of Dr. King prepared by the West Windsor Township Public Library under the direction of the Director of the library, Kajia Greenberg.

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