Weekly Roundup: MLK Day tops this week’s stories

Catch up on the biggest stories in Moorestown this week.

On Monday, Jan. 15, the Moorestown Democrats and My Hometown PAC co-sponsored a candlelight vigil commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Residents set the lawn of the Community House aglow as they held candles and listened to a variety of local speakers discuss how to continue MLK’s work today.

Members of the community commemorated Dr. Martin Luther King in a variety of ways this week. Catch up on everything from the past week in the Weekly Roundup.

MLK panel discusses modern day state of race

On Monday, Jan. 15, the pews of Second Baptist Church in Moorestown were filled with people who came from Moorestown and the surrounding towns to engage in an open discussion about race. The “Race to Unity” panel was hosted by the Moorestown Ministerium’s Anti-Racism Task Force on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and featured four panelists who shared their personal encounters with racism as well as their thoughts on how to enact change.

Partners in kind

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, MHS offered its time, supplies and support to the Moorestown Ministerium’s MLK Day efforts. On the morning of Jan. 15, MHS students helped make birthday boxes for homeless children at Trinity Episcopal Church, and in the afternoon, students assembled toiletry bags at Our Lady of Good Counsel, which were then distributed to local food pantries. MHS senior Alex Karanjia said when he and his fellow members of student council heard the theme of this year’s MLK assembly was “service,” they knew they wanted to offer students an opportunity to give back.

Candlelight vigil illuminates need for empathy, activism

On Monday, Jan. 15, the lawn of the Moorestown Community House was illuminated by a soft glow as a crowd gathered for a candlelight vigil honoring Martin Luther King Junior Day. The event was sponsored by the Moorestown Democrats and My Hometown PAC and featured speakers whose messages centered around setting a positive example for the next generation. “Today’s not a day off; it’s a day on — a day of service to our neighbors and our community,” Singleton said.