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Story Ideas - Events to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day & Black History Month 2016

Published: Jan 14, 2016

See PennLive's list of events to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day & Black History Month 2016 in the central PA area. Events range from worship services to plays and lectures.

Article originally appeared on Pennlive.com on January 14, 2016 - LINK

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By Janet Krajcsik at jkrajcsik@pennlive.com

SIDEBAR: Look ahead at some events scheduled for Black History Month 2016

The federal holiday honoring the civil rights leader is on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016. It is always the third Monday in January. Here is PennLive's list of events to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2016 in the central Pennsylvania area. Events range from worship services to plays and lectures.


Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Ceremony
A celebration and observance of King's life will be held in the Main Campus Chapel. The keynote speaker will be Agot K. Agot. Details: noon Jan. 14 at Lebanon VA Medical Center, 1700 S. Lincoln Ave. Info: Doug Etters at 717-228-6079.


Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Week 2016
The following events of Messiah College's Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration are free.

Friday-Saturday: 6 and 9 p.m. Friday; 3, 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday -- screening of the film "Selma" in Parmer Cinema of Boyer Hall.

Monday: 8:30 a.m. -- MLK Community Engagement Day. Meet at the Larsen Student Union to depart for several projects at Harrisburg schools. Pack a lunch and wear clothes you don't mind getting dirt and paint on.

Tuesday:  10:30-11:30 a.m. -- Common Chapel in Brubaker Auditorium. Carolyn McKinstry will speak.

Wednesday:  9-10:30 p.m. -- MLK Celebration B-Sides in Larsen Student Union. Info: www.messiah.edu/mlk.


The Interdenominational Ministers Conference of Greater Harrisburg 38th annual Martin Luther King Celebration

Jan. 16: 9 a.m. -- Prayer breakfast at the AFSCME Conference Center, 150 S. 43rd St., Harrisburg. Details: Guest speaker is Joan Duvall Flynn, president of the Pennsylvania State Conference of NAACP. Admission: $25

Jan. 17: MLK worship service, 7 p.m. at Greater Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 212 Progress Ave., Harrisburg. Details: Guest preacher is Bishop Gregory G.M. Ingram, presiding prelate, First Episcopal District, AME Church. Admission: Free. Info: Rev. Roger Dixon, 717-592-8694 or Elder Vernal Simms Sr., 267-760-3198


27th annual Commemoration of the Life and Legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
The commemoration theme is "Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service: Making Rev. King's Dream a Reality in Our Community." The event begins with a ceremonial march from St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 201 W. Louther St., Carlisle, to the Cumberland County Courthouse, on the square in Carlisle, where a brief program will be held. Following the program, the march will resume and head back to the church. The commemoration will continue at 4 p.m. with a service in the sanctuary, followed by a reception. The featured speaker will be Sylvester H. Brown, (note: have pix) pastor of the Mount Zion Baptist Church, Brandy Station, Va. Music for the service will be provided by the Carlisle Community Choir. Details: 2:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 201 W. Louther St., Carlisle. Admission: Free. Info: Linda Manning at 717-243-4380.

2015 MLK America's Sunday Supper
York Mayor C. Kim Bracey, Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness and Lincoln Charter School will host this annual supper with the theme "Where Do We Go From Here?" The community is encouraged to share a meal and discuss the current issue of homeless unaccompanied youth in our community after viewing the Academy Award-winning documentary "Inocente." Those attending are asked to bring donations of toiletries, socks, hats, gloves and large backpacks for homeless unaccompanied youth in the community. Details: 4 p.m. Jan. 17 at Lincoln Charter School, 559 W. King St., York. Admission: Free. Info: www.yorkcity.org, 717-849-2221.


Martin Luther King Breakfast
Randal Robinson, founder of TransAfrica Forum, a foreign policy organization, a lawyer and best-selling author, will serve as the keynote speaker. The executive editor of LNP, Barbara Roda will be the chair of the event and the honorary chair is Dr. John Anderson, president of Millersville University. The event is presented by Crispus Attucks Community Center. Details: Jan. 18 at Millersville University, Marauder Courts, Student Memorial Center. Coffee and conversation begins at 6:30 a.m., while the breakfast and program begin at 7 a.m. Admission: Advance ticket purchase required of $70. Available: www.eventbrite.com (search Martin Luther King).

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Artist Showcase
Hosted by the Pennsylvania Family Coalition, the showcase pays tribute to King through the performing arts performed by ages 8 and older, through young adults. The showcase will feature Michael Joyner portraying King delivering some of his popular speeches, in addition to vocalists from CASA and various school districts in the Harrisburg area. Other performers include the Chinese Cultural & Arts Institute, the Harrisburg High Drum Line, the MLK Dancers and Survival of the IIIest dancers. Details: 3:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at The Forum, Fifth and Walnut streets, Harrisburg. Doors open at 2:45 p.m. for a pre-show event. Admission: Free, although tickets are required and available from Mr. Mike's Records, 27 S. Third St., Harrisburg. Guests are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. Info: Phyllis Bennett at 717-319-9240.

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Evening Celebration
Guest speaker Sybrina Fulton's message will be one of hope and change. Since the loss of her son, Trayvon Martin, Fulton has become a role model to many by turning her grief into advocacy. She encourages people to educate themselves and others about civil rights and she speaks against violence towards children and the need to build better and safer communities for all. Details: 6 p.m. Jan. 18 at Penn State, Schwab Auditorium in the Center for the Performing Arts, Pollock Road, State College. Admission: Free. Info: To reserve tickets for a large group, email penn.state.mlk@gmail.com.

Martin Luther King Celebration with INSPIRA
"INSPIRA: The Power of the Spiritual" is a performance project by Dr. Amanda Kemp. The performance captures the hope and struggle in African-American spirituals. Musical numbers will include a classical violin blend of text and voice featuring Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and King's "I Have a Dream" speech, and "We Shall Overcome." A multiracial and multigenerational ensemble, INSPIRA includes Francis Wong from San Francisco Chinatown on tenor sax; classical violinist Michael Jamanis; Philadelphia vocalist and community organizer Matthew Armstead; Liberian drummer Gerri MCritty, and playwright-performer Amanda Kemp. Details: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at Lancaster Catholic High School, 650 Juliette Ave. Admission: Free. Register in advance for VIP seating. Info: Dr. Amanda Kemp at 717-333-9563 or www.eventbrite.com (search Martin Luther King).

Central Pennsylvania MLK Day of Service
Be a part of MLK Day of Service by signing up for one of many service projects being held in the Harrisburg area. Visit the website to register to volunteer or to donate funds and supplies. Projects may involve cleaning, painting, farm chores and moving furniture. Agencies needing help include Brethren Housing Association and Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Association. Details: Project times vary throughout Jan. 18. Info: www.centralpamlkday.org/volunteer.html.

MLK Day International Poetry & Storytelling Festival
Join the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg for this cultural event featuring dinner and presentations by guest speakers. High school and college students compete by writing poetry or short stories that reflect peacemaking, non-violent efforts for change and appreciation for diversity. Details: 6-8 p.m. Jan. 18 at Temple University Harrisburg, 234 Strawberry Square, Harrisburg. Tickets: $20 for World Affairs Council of Harrisburg members; $25 general public. Students associated with the council attend for free. Info: www.wacharrisburg.org or acharrisburg@gmail.com.

King's Kamp for kids
This event honors the legacy and teachings of Martin Luther King Jr. The camp is open to students in grades 1-5 and includes activities centered on the theme of "peace." Breakfast and lunch are included. Space is limited, so register early. Details: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at Carlisle YWCA, 301 G St. Admission: Free. Registration: Sonya at 717-243-3818.

Access & Opportunity Breakfast
The Access & Opportunity Breakfast: Commemorating the Life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. will feature a special presentation on creating a paradigm of inclusion with participation by Melanie Harrington, President and CEO of Vibrant Pittsburgh; Peter Garland, Executive Vice Chancellor, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, and Myneca Ojo, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. The Access & Opportunity Career Fair, a collaboration between The Urban Connection and PA Media Group (Patriot-News/PennLive), will be held following the breakfast, at the Hilton, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Details: 8-10 a.m. Jan. 18 at Hilton Harrisburg, 1 N. Second St. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. Tickets: $77.87. Info: www.accessandopportunitybreakfast.info or Vera Cornish at 717-343-1509.

Celebration of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Keynote speaker will be Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks and there will be music performed by the Morgan State University Choir and the Gettysburg Children's Choir. Named to the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African-Americans by President Barack Obama in January 2014, Lettman-Hicks has been recognized for her innovation, political savvy and strategic communications skills on economic empowerment, education, and voting and human rights. Sponsored by the Diversity Commission, The Office of the Provost and The MLK Jr. Celebration Committee. Details: 7-8:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at Christ Chapel of Gettysburg College, Stevens and North Washington streets. Info: www.gettysburg.edu or 717-337-6300.

Community Service Opportunities through Elizabethtown College
In honor of Rev. Martin Luther King's commitment to others, various community service opportunities will be available on Jan. 18 through the Center for Community and Civic Engagement. For more information about volunteering, contact Sharon Sherick at 717-361-4765 or shericks@etown.edu.


"Tell Mama I'll Find Her" -- An original play
Presented by PenOwl Productions, a theater group based in Harrisburg, and Penn State Harrisburg. Following the Civil War, the newly emancipated desperately searched for lost family members, torn from them during slavery. In the play "Tell Mama I'll Find Her," a young man pledges to search for his family even if it takes the rest of his life. The play is written by Dorothy E. King, founder of PenOwl Productions and assistant professor of sociology at Penn State Harrisburg, and directed by Ronda Peters. It is supported through funds by Penn State Harrisburg, and in part by the Peace Making Committee of Market Square Presbyterian Church. Details: Noon Jan. 18; 11:30 a.m. Jan. 19 at the Capital Union Building of Penn State Harrisburg, 777 W. Harrisburg Pike, Lower Swatara Twp. Admission: Free, although reservations are suggested. Info: 717-948-6300.


Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Address
Features a talk by award-winning journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault, the first black woman to attend the University of Georgia. Hunter-Gault was a national correspondent for PBS' The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and NPR's chief correspondent in Africa. Details: 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at Susquehanna University, Degenstein Center Theater, 514 University Ave., Selinsgrove. Admission: Free. Info: www.susqu.edu, webcontent@susqu.edu.

SIDEBAR: Look ahead to some events for Black History Month 2016

February 1 – April 30, 2016

"Pioneers in African American Auto History"
In salute of Black History Month, The AACA Museum presents an historic exhibit of the pioneers in the African American community who contributed to the advancement of the automobile industry. Pioneers in African American Auto History looks at these men and women who laid the foundation for others to pursue careers in such fields as franchised car dealers, designers, custom car builders, race car drivers and manufacturers. This new annual exhibit will include the stories of the only recorded African-American car manufacturer C.R. Patterson of Ohio, and W.H. Phelps who patented an apparatus for washing over-sized vehicles, along with other esteemed names. Guests can also get interactive as they assemble their own paper traffic signal patented by Garrett Morgan — courtesy of the Western Reserve Historical Society.

February 4, 2016

"History of the Black Combat Soldier in World War I in Collective and Individual Context"
A free lecture by Dr. Jeffery Sammons, New York University, and Dr. John Morrow, University of Georgia. Details: Held Feb. 4 at U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle. The building opens at 6:30 p.m., the talk begins at 7:15 p.m., and the question period concludes around 8:30 p.m. Info: 717-245-3972.

February 15, 2016

“Countdown to Boom: We All Fall Down"
Presented by Nathaniel Gadsden's Writers wordshop and Jump Street Inc., this is an original play written and directed by Dr. Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon, with choreography by Dr. Kariamu Welsh. It tells the true story of four black girls killed in the Birmingham, Ala., church bombing in 1963. Details: 1 p.m. Feb. 15 at The State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St., Harrisburg. Tickets: $15 general; $10 seniors (60+) and students. Info: Nathaniel Gadsden at 717-608-2312 or pgadsden@aol.com.

February 18, 2016

"Slave Songs to Hip Hop: And the Beat Goes On!"
The Dauphin County Commissioners present this Millicent Sparks Production directed by Lenny Daniels In Celebration of Black History Month on Thursday, February 18. Two venues will host FREE performances of this show thanks to Highmark, The Whitaker Center, and Dauphin County Commissioners. The first performance will take place at 11:30am at the Whitaker Center for Science & The Arts located at 222 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA. The second performance will take place at Greater Zion Missionary Baptist Church at 212 North Progress Avenue, Harrisburg, PA. Find more at www.DauphinCounty.org.








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