Honor Our Nation’s Leader of Change

The YMCA of Greater Monmouth County proudly celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at our 32nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration, being held virtually this year. Please join us as we grow support for social justice, and the important work of Dr. King and today’s civic leaders.

Hear from respected community leaders including Wayne Boatwright of Hackensack Meridian Health, YMCA of Greater Monmouth County President & CEO Laurie Goganzer, Rabbi Marc Kline of Monmouth Reform Temple, this year’s Dr. King Human Dignity Award Recipient Gwendolyn Love of Lunch Break, Gilda Rogers of T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center, Reverend Ronald Sparks of Bethel AME Freehold, this year’s Keynote Speaker Pastor Kerwin Webb of Second Baptist Church Asbury Park and President of the Greater Red Bank Area NAACP, and YMCA Board Member and MLK Event Chair, Michael Wright.

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Location: ZOOM
Virtual event details to come prior to event

8-9 a.m.


Our event is free to all this year. Reserve your tickets below. For questions or sponsorship support, e-mail giving@ymcanj.org.


“Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

2021 YMCA Essay Contest

We thank all high school students who participated in our annual MLK Essay Contest, answering the question “One person’s seemingly small actions can change the world. How could you use your voice to promote and advance social justice within your community and circle of influence?
Two students were selected as grand prize winners and will share their essays at our event. Both winners will receive a $1,500 scholarship for their education, generously donated by Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey Natural Gas and PorterPlus Realty, as well as a full-year youth membership to a YMCA of Greater Monmouth County branch of their choice. Congratulations!