AAPI Montclair, a grassroots organization of more than 300 Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the Montclair area, will host its first ever Lantern Festival for Justice and Remembrance at Edgemont Memorial Park on Friday, May 21 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The rain date will be Saturday, May 22. Admission is free.

The lantern display will illuminate the park with more than 1,000 white paper lanterns as a memorial to all victims of racial violence and injustice.

“Just as we cannot limit our advocacy as parents to our own children, but must commit to advancing equity and anti-racism for all children, so we cannot grieve for our Asian American sisters and elders without mourning those killed by other forms of white supremacy,” event co-lead Amber Reed said. “After a year with few opportunities to mark loss in fellowship with each other, we felt a deep need to extend our love to the wider community through this evening of beauty, remembrance, and solidarity.”

Amber Reed is married to Justin Jamail, a member of the Montclair Local's governing board.

The family-friendly event will feature live musical performances, food trucks, brief remarks from community leaders and the opportunity for participants to dedicate lanterns with special names or messages.

The Lantern Festival for Justice and Remembrance is funded by individual members of AAPI Montclair and lantern sponsorships through its campaign at givebutter.com/lanternfest. Any donations beyond the cost of the lanterns will be divided between the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Asian Americans Advancing Justice.

To RSVP, donate, or learn more, visit aapimontclair.org.