Join Us in Community on MLK Day

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Dear New Jersey Institute for Social Justice friend,

In his 1957 book, Stride Toward Freedom, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., wrote: “True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.”

As we approach another MLK Day at a time when threats to our democracy and racial equity remain in full force, we are guided by Dr. King’s words.

Fighting for the presence of justice is exactly what we’re about at the Institute.

Join us virtually on Monday, January 17, from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM for Let Freedom Ring, a lively virtual conversation to celebrate Dr. King’s life and legacy and to recommit ourselves to the ongoing pursuit of freedom and justice.

The conversation will feature a video of my interview with Fred D. Gray, the legendary civil rights attorney who represented Dr. King during the civil rights movement, along with a conversation between me and Andrea McChristian, our Law & Policy Director.

We will talk about what it means to continue the fight for freedom and justice in today’s world, including right here in New Jersey – and how you can get involved.

The Institute is proud to host this event in partnership with the Social Impact & Community Investment practice at RWJBarnabas Health – and we are grateful for their support.

Click to Register for Let Freedom Ring

You can also find Institute staff at other MLK Day events this coming weekend:

  • Andrea McChristian (Law & Policy Director) at the YMCA 33rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Virtual Commemoration: January 14 at 8:00 AM. Register here.
  • Aaron Greene (Associate Counsel, Democracy & Justice Program) at New St. John’s Church Maple Shade: January 18 at 10 AM.
  • Ron Pierce (Democracy & Justice Fellow, Democracy & Justice Program) at Scotch Plains Fanwood Martin Luther King Day of Service: January 17 at 1:30 PM. More information here.

We hope you’ll join us.


Ryan P. Haygood

President & CEO, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice