2020 MLK Luminary Project

Hosted by the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race for the seventh year, on the night January 20th, we ask people to light up the outside of their home or businesses with Luminaries, white bags with votive candles inside that can be decorated with Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision. The goal is for 2,000 homes in SOMA to be lit up as a sign of hope, sanctuary, peace, and solidarity with Dr. King’s vision of the Beloved Community. The Luminaries come four in a pack for a suggested donation of $10 and it is a fundraiser for the Coalition.

The Luminary Project was started by South Orange resident Patricia Canning. This year, Patricia leads a team of women from both South Orange Maplewood who work with local youth groups on creating the kits; oversee neighborhood luminary leaders; and work with businesses to be luminary purchase sites. Interested in getting your neighbors to join in the lighting? Email us at info@twotowns.org or call our office and we’ll set you up with kits and a sign up sheet for donations for your street!

Dr. King’s Beloved Community is a global vision in which all people can share in the wealth of the earth. In the Beloved Community, poverty, hunger and homelessness will not be tolerated because international standards of human decency will not allow it. Racism and all forms of discrimination, bigotry and prejudice will be replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood.

Check back here soon for local businesses to visit to pick up your kit and to get details on the upcoming Luminary Decorating Party at which kids learn about Dr. King and decorate their luminary bags--refreshments and supplies provided! 


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