Dr. Martin Luther King, of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, tells a news conference in Philadelphia Feb. 9, 1968 that he will go to Washington in April with thousands of supporters to demand a comprehensive job and income program from the Federal Government. He opened the first office in Philadelphia February 9 in conjunction with this effort. Dr. King said that the temper of the program will be nonviolent, but his people will be prepared to stay until the government responds and legislation to that aim is reached. (AP Photo)
Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2022: Here are central Pa. events honoring the civil rights leader
Many of the events have been postponed because of the inclement weather.
By Chris Mautner/PennLive
Martin Luther King Jr. Day falls on Monday, Jan. 17, and a number of community events will be held to commemorate the holiday, some starting this weekend. Many remain virtual due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but a few will be held in person, including the MLK Day of Service, in which projects are paired up with volunteers.
Here is a quick rundown of the scheduled events. Note that many of the in-person events might be postponed or canceled due to any inclement weather forecast for Monday.
The NAACP Lancaster Branch will hold a virtual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 5 p.m. Jan. 16. Writer and activist Dr. Robert Harvey will be the guest speaker. Spoken-word poet Sir Dominique Jordan and musician Jamar Johnson will also perform. Participants should go online to register for the event via Zoom. The event will also be streamed live on the branch’s Facebook page.
The Central Pennsylvania MLK Day of Servicewill be held throughout the day of Jan. 17 at various locations.Please visit the website to register to volunteer for a service project or to donate funds and supplies. Project times vary and there are numerous venues to pick from near Harrisburg. Many projects are located outdoors or in large spaces with a small number of volunteers and virtual events will be offered as well. There will also be a livestream of the opening ceremony with guest speakers at the event’s website.
The fourth Annual MLK Day Anti-Racism Event will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at Grace United Methodist Church, 309 Herman Ave., Lemoyne. The commemorative worship service, entitled “One River, Two Worlds,” will feature such speakers as Rev. Jason Schwartzman of Grace United Methodist Church; Rev. Carla Christopher-wilson, Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd; and Rev. D. Marie Tribble or Restoration Community Christian Church. For more information call 717-763-7632.
“Bessie Coleman: Fly! Bessie, Fly,” honoring the first African-American woman to become a licensed airplane pilot and the first American to hold an international pilot license, will be presented by actor Daisy Century from 1-2 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Cleve J. Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill. Seating is limited. Registration is required.
Penn State Harrisburg and PenOwl Productions will premiere a seated reading of the play “Rockers” on Youtube from noon Jan. 17 to 8 a.m. Jan. 18. The play examines relationship issues between a husband and wife as they grapple with love and loss.
A MLK Treasure Walk, sponsored by Salem United Church of Christ in Campbelltown and the Lebanon County branch of the NAACP has been postponed due to snow predictions and will be held Feb. 5 and 6. The walk is self-guided activity with nine activity stations for children located outside of the church, 2761 Horseshoe Pike, Campbelltown. As participants follow the walk, they are encouraged to learn about and be inspired by Dr. King.