PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Frontiers International Plainfield Area Club will host its 47th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Celebration, honoring the civil rights icon and the contributions he made throughout his lifetime. The virtual event on Monday, Jan. 16, will feature guest speaker Dr. Randall Pinkett, CEO – BCT Partners, Author, Speaker, and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Expert.
This year’s theme is “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?”.
The organization annually provides opportunities to local young people who want to further their educational attainment beyond high school, hosts seminars and workshops to educate and empower community members, and provides mentorship programs for young men. The Frontiers also work alongside community members to fight for social and economic justice and equal human rights.
The event will include a virtual reception where guests will hear from community leaders and enjoy performances from local students. This will be followed by the distribution of scholarship awards to rising scholars graduating from Plainfield’s high schools, the keynote address from Dr. Pinkett, and more.
Community Service Awards will be given to special honorees who have been instrumental in making Plainfield and surrounding communities a better place to live and raise families.
This year’s honorees will receive Westry Service Awards. Westry Horne, one of the founders of the Frontiers International Plainfield Area Club, was an avid tennis player and master educator. The auditorium at Plainfield High School bears his name. Honorees include:
- Wendell C. Woods (Lifetime Achievement Award for lifelong contributions in world-class music);
- Flora Williams (Community Service Award for years of providing food and clothing for those in need);
- Taleana Williams Hurst (Service to Youth Award for serving and advocating for disabled youth and their families); and
- Plainfield H.S. Lady Cardinals Volleyball Team (Outstanding Achievement Award for winning on the court and all of them making the honor roll in the class).