An illuminated memorial for victims of anti-Asian hate and other forms of racist violence.
Please join us as we illuminate Edgemont Park with hundreds of lanterns as a memorial to all those killed by racial violence, including victims of anti-Asian hate. Our family-friendly evening of remembrance and unity will feature music from Jazz House Kids, Passing Notes, and other local ensembles, as well as participation by partners including the Montclair Public Library, Restorative Justice Montclair, IMANI, and MAM's Art Truck with a special craft for kids. Ann's Catering, The LAB Food Truck, and Guerriero Gelato will be on hand to keep everyone fueled!
In addition to being a symbol of hope and light, the lantern, in many Asian cultures, is a sign of welcome to the spirits of the departed. In a year of great tragedy coupled with few opportunities to mourn or celebrate those lost, we look forward to gathering as a community for what we hope will be a beautiful and heartfelt memorial.
Highlights of our short program at 7:15pm will include remarks from Dr. Jonathan Ponds, Jersey Promise Co-Founder Dr. Joshi, Councilman Robert Russo and more, as well as special performances by Montclair and MET Orchestra musicians Katherine Fong and Dov Scheindlin with student fellows.
The event is FREE, but if you wish, please see below to donate or sponsor a lantern. (Due to permit regulations, we will not be able to accept cash at the event.) Any donations received beyond the cost of the event will be divided evenly between the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Asian Americans Advancing Justice. Thank you and hope to see you there!
Award winning Guerriero Gelato will be serving ice cream and gelato.
Montclair Art Museum educators will be facilitating a paper lantern craft for children.
Montclair Public Library will have librarians on hand to share AAPI reading lists and flyers at their table.
Montclair Public School's Restorative Justice Teachers on Special Assignment will have an information table about restorative justice.
JAZZ HOUSE KiDS has gained a reputation as one of the nation’s preeminent arts education and performance organizations. Their mission is to transform young lives and open doors to the future by offering pre-professional, year-round musical training along with community engagement and education programs for K-12 students from diverse backgrounds.
Montclair High School's student-run a cappella group
The Montclair NAACP was founded in 1916 in strong opposition to segregated schools, disparity in the workplace, healthcare and as a strong voice against the lack of fair and affordable housing which had become prevalent throughout the town. [They] continue this fight today to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equalit
The Montclair NAACP was founded in 1916 in strong opposition to segregated schools, disparity in the workplace, healthcare and as a strong voice against the lack of fair and affordable housing which had become prevalent throughout the town. [They] continue this fight today to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.
The Montclair Literary Festival is a community-wide event that aims to exchange ideas, inspire future literary works and engage with different points of view.
Ann's Catering Food Truck is specialize in Oxtails, Coconut shrimp, Jerk Chicken, Empanadas and more.
The Lab Foodtruck specializes in what they call "Project Braising". They braise (slowly-cook) their meats, ranging from pork shoulders, pork bellys, to beef short-rib and briskets. They offer them in a variety of tacos, sandwiches and platters.