NJ schools cut Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a holiday

Posted at 6:50 PM, Jan 21, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-21 20:33:07-05

While Americans take time out to honor and celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr., students in New Jersey are at school as if it was a normal Monday.

At schools like Leonia High School, there isn’t much time to squeeze in thoughts of Martin Luther Kind Junior’s message as the holiday was cut from the school calender.

“They sent an email and called out parents to tell us about it,” one student said.

School officials told PIX11 that they had to either trim MLK Day, or a day during Spring Break, to make sure a snow day would still be in place.

Inside a humble Baptist church in Englewood, NJ, however, his MLK would not be forgotten.

“This is the 43rd year in which we have celebrated the life of MLK,” said Pastor Jovan Davis.

And each year, the church uses this federal holiday to reflect on the man who dared to dream.

“The schools, the churches, community centers… everyone should take the time to continue to educate our children on those who have paved the way,” Davis said.