Events planned for Martin Luther King Day

DOVER — Many events and celebrations are scheduled to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday.

Carla Benson-Green, who will be the keynote speaker at Delaware State University’s 30th annual “Celebrate the Dream” National Holiday Program, said it’s important to keep Dr. King’s dream alive.

“Many people were around when Dr. King was alive,” Ms. Benson-Green said. “He was a living legend for people.

MLK EVENTS SATURDAY 24th Annual Commemorative Weekend Celebration Parade in Lewes at 11 a.m.; 4:30 p.m. banquet at Cheer Center, Sand Hill Road, Georgetown. Banquet speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Donald Morton, founder of Complexities of Color, from Wilmington. Community worship service at 10 a.m. Monday at Trinity Faith Christian Center, 15516 New Road, Lewes. Banquet tickets are $30; $15 for children age 12 and younger. Advance sales only. (302) 227-3118, (703) 963-1871 or (302) 227-8738. Parade information: (302) 227-3531 Food drive 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Also on Sunday. Volunteer Delaware 50+ Advisory Council will accept donations of food for families who are homeless or have low incomes at the Giant Food Store in Millville, the Giant Food Store in Long Neck, the Giant Food Store in Rehoboth Beach and the Redner’s Markets in Milford. (302) 255-3026. MONDAY 33rd Annual Prayer Breakfast 7 a.m. Modern Maturity Center, 1121 Forrest Ave., Dover. Sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Zeta Rho Lamda Chapter. Ticket donation is $20. For tickets, contact committee chairman Ronald Price at rpkun00@yahoo.com. “A Day On, Not a Day Off” Noon, Humanities Auditorium, Delaware State University, 1200 N. DuPont Highway, Dover. 30th anniversary celebration of the national Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Sponsored by the Inner City Cultural League and Delaware State University. Free and open to the public. Children encouraged. A reception will follow in the main lobby.  MLK 2016 Day of Service, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Calvary Baptist Church, Del. 8, west of Dover. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Epsilon Iota Omega Chapter. Collecting new and gently used hats, scarves, coats, gloves, warm weather cloothing, travel size toiletries to donate to Code Purple and homeless shelters in Kent and Sussex counties. akaretha817@comcast.net1/18 United to Serve MLK Day of Service Project 3 to 5:30 p.m. Solid Rock Community Outreach Center, 109 N. West St., Dover. Solid Rock Community Outreach Center located at 109 N. West St., Dover. Delaware State Student United Way, Restoring Central Dover and Solid Rock Community Outreach Center will assemble and distribute 100 literacy kits. Refreshments. www.solidrockdover.com; (302) 573-3708. Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Free admission at the refuge located at 2591 Whitehall Road, Smyrna. (302)-653-9345 or www.fws.org. “Courage and Freedom” 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. Guided tours will focus on three stories of Delawareans whose fight for freedom and equality began at the Old State House. 744-5054. “The Struggle” 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New St., Dover. Guided tours will focus on African-American vocalists and Civil Rights activists Paul Robeson and Marian Anderson, accompanied by 78 rpm recordings played on authentic Victor Talking Machines. 739-3262. Promise Purses American Legion Auxiliary Unit 28 is collecting gently used handbags for girls and women who are homeless. The purses will be filled with donated items on MLK Day in the Memorial Hall at American Legion Unit 28, Del. 24, Millsboro, starting at 10 a.m.  Call (302) 947-2984, (302) 329-9090 or (302) 975-5387.

MLK EVENTS
SATURDAY
-24th Annual Commemorative Weekend Celebration Parade in Lewes at 11 a.m.; 4:30 p.m. banquet at Cheer Center, Sand Hill Road, Georgetown. Banquet speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Donald Morton, founder of Complexities of Color, from Wilmington. Community worship service at 10 a.m. Monday at Trinity Faith Christian Center, 15516 New Road, Lewes. Banquet tickets are $30; $15 for children age 12 and younger. Advance sales only. (302) 227-3118, (703) 963-1871 or (302) 227-8738. Parade information: (302) 227-3531
-Food drive 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Also on Sunday. Volunteer Delaware 50+ Advisory Council will accept donations of food for families who are homeless or have low incomes at the Giant Food Store in Millville, the Giant Food Store in Long Neck, the Giant Food Store in Rehoboth Beach and the Redner’s Markets in Milford. (302) 255-3026.
MONDAY
-33rd Annual Prayer Breakfast 7 a.m. Modern Maturity Center, 1121 Forrest Ave., Dover. Sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Zeta Rho Lamda Chapter. Ticket donation is $20. For tickets, contact committee chairman Ronald Price at rpkun00@yahoo.com.
-“A Day On, Not a Day Off” Noon, Humanities Auditorium, Delaware State University, 1200 N. DuPont Highway, Dover. 30th anniversary celebration of the national Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Sponsored by the Inner City Cultural League and Delaware State University. Free and open to the public. Children encouraged. A reception will follow in the main lobby.
-MLK 2016 Day of Service, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Calvary Baptist Church, Del. 8, west of Dover. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Epsilon Iota Omega Chapter. Collecting new and gently used hats, scarves, coats, gloves, warm weather cloothing, travel size toiletries to donate to Code Purple and homeless shelters in Kent and Sussex counties. akaretha817@comcast.net1/18
-United to Serve MLK Day of Service Project 3 to 5:30 p.m. Solid Rock Community Outreach Center, 109 N. West St., Dover. Solid Rock Community Outreach Center located at 109 N. West St., Dover. Delaware State Student United Way, Restoring Central Dover and Solid Rock Community Outreach Center will assemble and distribute 100 literacy kits. Refreshments. www.solidrockdover.com; (302) 573-3708.
-Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Free admission at the refuge located at 2591 Whitehall Road, Smyrna. (302)-653-9345 or www.fws.org.
-“Courage and Freedom” 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. Guided tours will focus on three stories of Delawareans whose fight for freedom and equality began at the Old State House. 744-5054.
-“The Struggle” 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New St., Dover. Guided tours will focus on African-American vocalists and Civil Rights activists Paul Robeson and Marian Anderson, accompanied by 78 rpm recordings played on authentic Victor Talking Machines. 739-3262.
-Promise Purses American Legion Auxiliary Unit 28 is collecting gently used handbags for girls and women who are homeless. The purses will be filled with donated items on MLK Day in the Memorial Hall at American Legion Unit 28, Del. 24, Millsboro, starting at 10 a.m. Call (302) 947-2984, (302) 329-9090 or (302) 975-5387.

But for this generation he’s a legend, but a legend in history in a sense.

“They weren’t able to witness the things he was doing while he was alive and I think it’s important that we continue to teach this generation the importance of Dr. King,” Ms. Benson-Green said.

“We have to continue to pass on our know knowledge to our children, so they’ll hopefully continue to do the same as well.”

A Delaware state employee for 34 years, Ms. Benson-Green was nominated by Gov. Jack Markell last year to head

the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families, overseeing the Division of Family Services, Youth Rehabilitation Services, Prevention and Behavioral Health and Management Support Services for children.

The event will begin at noon at the Humanities auditorium on DSU’s campus at 1200 N. DuPont Highway.

The program is produced in a partnership with DSU and Dover’s Inner City Cultural League, which was founded by Rueben Salters, a former councilman and longtime Dover resident.

Ms. Benson-Green said she was about 5 years old when Dr. King delivered his historical 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.

She said at the time the speech didn’t resonate with her. That happened as she grew up.

“It didn’t mean anything to me at first,” Ms. Benson-Green said. “I was young at the time, so I didn’t understand what was going on.”

All that changed, however, when she was in the third grade and Dr. King was assassinated.

“When he died my mom was crying at the end of the hallway and then I started to understand the impact he had on me at the time,” Ms. Benson-Green said.

Other events

Zeta Rho Lamda Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity will hold its 33rd annual the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast at the Modern Maturity Center in Dover on Monday as well.

Ron Price, the chairman of the MLK Breakfast Committee, said the event draws nearly 800 guests each year and gives people of all ages a chance to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy.

“The focus of the breakfast is to keep the community engaged,” Mr. Price said. “It’s a day on and not a day off. The breakfast is there to remind us of everything that Dr. King has done for us.

“Some of the same issues that he was dealing with back then, we’re still dealing with today,” Mr. Price said.

“We still have a long way to go, but the breakfast brings everyone together to remind us of the teachings of Dr. King.”

Doors open at 7 a.m. and the program begins at 8:30.

Ticket donation is $20; contact Mr. Price at rpkun00@yahoo.com.

Also on Monday, the Epsilon Iota Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will host the 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

The event will be held at the Calvary Baptist Church on Del. 8 west of Dover from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Volunteers and participants are asked to bring new or gently used hats, scarves, coats, gloves and warm-weather clothing to the event; or travel-size lip-balm sticks, tissues, hand sanitizer, adhesive bandages, toothpaste, toothbrushes, lotion, mouthwash and mints.

Participants will package items for delivery and distribution to homeless shelters in Kent and Sussex counties.

Anyone wishing to donate items before Monday can drop them off at the Pitts Center at 10 Electric Ave., Dover, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

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