Monday, January 21, 2013
Did you volunteer on Martin Luther King Jr. Day? Add your photos to our gallery and tell us where you gave your time and efforts today.
In its second year, Gloucester Township's day of service to honor Martin Luther King Jr. saw more than twice as many volunteers turn out. About 250 people packed the township's senior center Monday morning, ready to fan out across Gloucester Township to work in an animal shelter, food pantry, churches and more. Groups who stayed at the senior center made sandwiches for a soup kitchen, drew cards for troops serving overseas and created save the date cards for the upcoming Relay for Life. Add pictures of your volunteer project—whether you served with Gloucester Township or on your own—to our photo gallery. Click "upload photos and videos" to get started.
Find out what's closed for MLK Day.
Today is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The following will be closed in observance of the King holiday: * Gloucester Township Public Schools; * Black Horse Pike Regional School District; * U.S. Postal Service (no mail delivery); * Gloucester Township-Blackwood Rotary Public Library; * Gloucester Township, Camden County, state and federal offices. Some banks will be open on Martin Luther King Day, while others will be closed. Call your bank or check its website before traveling to your local office to check hours.
Monday, January 16, 2012
Do you know how Stevie Wonder helped create Martin Luther King Jr. Day? Learn that and other facts about MLK Day.
1. This year marks the 26th anniversary of the federal Martin Luther King Jr. Day. President Ronald Reagan signed a bill (somewhat grudgingly, some historians say) into law in 1983 creating the holiday, but it wasn’t first celebrated until 1986. 2. Creating Martin Luther King Jr. Day wasn’t a quick process. A bill shortly after King’s death didn’t get anywhere. An attempt in the late 1970s failed, failing short of approval in the House of Representatives by just a five votes. But supporters didn’t give up, instead launching a public campaign calling for the creation of MLK Day. Musician Stevie Wonder got in on the campaign, releasing “Happy Birthday.” This ’80s fabulous, synthesizer-heavy song isn’t the traditional “Happy Birthday,” but an…