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Published by Sandra Hayward

Civil and human rights activist Lawrence Hamm, Chairman of the People’s Organization For Progress, will be the guest speaker at a number of Martin Luther King holiday celebrations that will be held around the state this weekend.

Mr Hamm has been involved in the civil and human rights struggle for 45 years. He founded the People’s Organization For Progress 33 years ago. The group works racial, social, and economic justice.  On Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 9:00 am Hamm will be the guest speaker at a Martin Luther King program that will be held at St Paul Baptist Church, 119 Elm Street in Montclair, New Jersey. That program is sponsored by the Eta Pi Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. For more information call 732 343-1853. There is a charge for admission.

That morning he will also be the guest speaker at the Seventh Annual SEED MLK Commemorative Breakfast, starting 10 am at the Wyndham Gardens, 1 West Lafayette Street in Trenton. For more information call 267 528-5781. There is a charge for admission.

As a past recipient of the NJ Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) Martin Luther King award, that evening he will attend the Martin Luther King Celebration and Reception where this year’s recipients will receive their King awards. The event begins at 5pm and will be held in the Chase Room at NJPAC, 1 Center Street in Newark.

On Dr King’s birthday, Sunday, January 15th Hamm will start the day out in New York City. He will be a live in studio guest on the popular public affairs radio show “Open Line,” which airs Sunday mornings at 8am on WBLS Radio 107.5FM.

Later that morning he will return to New Jersey as the guest speaker for an 11am MLK service at the Union Baptist Church, 12 Midland Avenue in Montclair. For more information call 973 746-3270.

That afternoon his group, the People’s Organization For Progress (POP), will have a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. March & Rally For Equality, Justice, Peace, & Democracy starting 2:00 pm at the Martin Luther King Statue, 465 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd in Newark. The statue is next to the Hall of Records near the corner of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd & Springfield Avenue. For more information about the march call 973 801-0001.

That evening at the Martin Luther King celebration sponsored by the United Clergy of the Oranges he will receive the group’s Social Justice Award. The program begins at 6 pm and will be held at Faith Temple located on the corner of Main Street and Halsted Street in East Orange, NJ.

That night he will be an in studio guest on the African New Dawn Radio Show hosted by Alvin Fair. The show airs 8pm on WRSU 88.7FM, the Rutgers University radio station broadcasting from the campus in New Brunswick, NJ. Hamm will discuss the relevance of the life and legacy of Dr King to today’s society.

On Monday, January 16th he will be a speaker at Montclair State University’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service which will begin at 8:00 am and will take place at the campus Student Center of Montclair State University, 1 Normal Avenue in Montclair. For more information call 862 432-3384.

Finally, also on Monday, January 16 Hamm will be the guest speaker at the Dr Martin Luther King, Jr 41st Annual Memorial Breakfast sponsored by the Plainfield Area Club of Frontiers International. The program is set to begin 8:30 am and will take place at Plainfield High School, 950 Park Avenue in Plainfield. For more information contact John Brinkley at 908 868-8704.

Hamm has received numerous Martin Luther King awards. As far back as 1971 when he was 17 years-old the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, once headed by Dr Martin Luther King Jr, gave him the Youth Leadership Award at the group’s national conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. The award was presented to him by Corretta Scott King, the wife of Dr King.

In recent years, he has received the Martin Luther King Leadership Award from the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award from the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), and in 2016 he received the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Award from the National Education Association (NEA). Last year, he was listed on the PolitickerNJ 2016 Power List for New Jersey. In 2015, he was awarded the Key To The City Of Newark, New Jersey by Mayor Ras Baraka.

For more information call the People’s Organization For Progress (POP) at (973)801-0001.


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