Events to celebrate King’s legacy

The Rev. John Moore (Delaware State News file photo)

DOVER — A number of downtstate events are slated to celebrate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. birthday Monday, Jan. 15.

The Rev. John Moore, who has been performing Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech to inspire others since he was a teenager, had four big events scheduled in honor of the slain civil rights leader including the MLK Celebration at Wyoming United Methodist Church and an MLK Presentation at the Dover Interfaith Mission for Housing in Kent County.

The following events have been scheduled downstate:

35th annual prayer breakfast

The biggest celebration in Dover promises to be the Zeta Rho Lambda Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity’s 35th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 15.

The prayer breakfast will take place at the Modern Maturity Center at 1121 Forrest Ave. and could attract more than 800 attendees to hear the featured speaker, Bishop Reginald T. Jackson, who is the presiding Prelate for the sixth Episcopal District of the American Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church.

The event will also feature several musical acts, speakers, politicians and dignitaries. Tickets cost $22 and can be purchased from Nathaniel Williams at 302-242-8783 or

Doors will open for the prayer breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and the program will begin at 8:30.

Mr. Williams said the event’s proud tradition keeps it going.

“We just want to keep Dr. King’s message out front and center so that people don’t forget,” he said. “There have obviously been a lot of changes recently when it comes to politics.

“So we want to get the message out to young people so we can help them understand how people had to struggle for things in the past so they won’t take it for granted.”

Church to honor MLK

Wyoming United Methodist Church will host an interdenominational and multi-cultural celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., including worship, special presentations, guest speakers and an agape meal on Jan. 15 at 3 p.m.

Rev. Moore, Rev. Dean Snyder and Rev. Lester Justice will speak at the event, which will also feature: Rev. Rita Paige (Star Hill AME); Rev. Gary Meekins (Bethel and Mount Calvary UMC); ‘Seeds of Faith’ dance team; Star Hill AME

Rebirth Gospel Choir, Ruth Shelton, director; Rev. Elmer Davis (Whatcoat UMC Dover); Rev. Frederick Wessell and Rev. Dave Hill (Wyoming UMC).

Celebration on tap for Sussex

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Organization of Sussex County held its 26th annual Commemorative Weekend Celebration this weekend with the theme of “Speak up! Let us not be silent about things that matter.”

The MLK celebration will conclude on Monday, Jan. 15, with a holiday community worship service at 10 a.m. at Long Neck United Methodist Church, located at 32071 Long Neck Road in Millsboro.

The Rev. Cynthia Daniels of Friendship Baptist Church in Lewes will bring the message accompanied by the Friendship Baptist Choir.

Milford to host celebration

The Milford Area Ministerial Association will host its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Monday, Jan. 15, from noon until 1 p.m. at the Benjamin Banneker Elementary School, located at 449 North St. in Milford. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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