New York Amsterdam News editor Nayaba Arinde was the keynote speaker as the Frontiers International Plainfield Area Club held their annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day event.

At the community program held Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, at Plainfield High School, Arinde served as the invited speaker for the club’s 43rd annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast. The event is the oldest King Day celebration in New Jersey.

The theme for this year’s celebration was “Injustice Anywhere Is a Threat to Justice Everywhere,” based on the title of King’s famed open letter he wrote while in jail in Birmingham, Ala. in 1963.

Frontiers International of Plainfield also honored pianist Victoria Griswold with the Community Service Award, educator Willa M. Cofield with the Lifetime Achievement Award and theater/film director Danielle M. Tucker with the Community Spirit Award.
Several local high school students were awarded with scholarships at the event, including Saira Cooper, Tracy Naa Djanie, Yannah-Gail Litchmore and McRae Nkellefack.

Frontiers International, Inc. is an African-American service organization with a focus on community involvement and mentoring youth. Guest performers included Chelsea Young, delivering her poem, “Dr. King, Can You Hear Me?”