The Luminary Project, 2019

Help us light up SOMA with luminaries as a sign of peace and solidarity with the Dr. King’s vision of the beloved community. Read more here about the project and how you can participate.

Hosted by the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race for the sixth year, on the evening of January 21st beginning at 5 pm, we ask families to light up the outside of their homes with Luminaries–white bags with votive candles inside that can be decorated with Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision. The goal is for 2000 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 on Race. Purchase Luminaries at Words Bookstore, The Able Baker, the Wine Barrel and The Cassidy in Maplewood and Sparkhouse toy store in South Orange, at the Dr. Martin Luther King Observance on January 21st, 2 pm at Columbia High School, or at the Coalition’s office (call us at 973-761-6116). The Luminary Project was started by South Orange resident Patricia Canning.

Interested in getting your neighbors to join in the lighting? Email us at [email protected] 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.

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