Martin Luther King events slated for this week

Sankofa Dancers Daja Jernigan, right and Savayah Brown, left, lead the group during a rehearsal on Wednesday. The dancers will be part of a program honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today at Delaware State University’s Education and Humanities Theater. The noon event, co-sponsored by DSU and the Inner City Cultural League, is free and open to the public. It features keynote speaker, the Rev. Ellis Louden, pastor of Mount Zion AME Church, and DelState’s concert choir. (Delaware State News.Marc Clery)

DOVER — A number of events are scheduled today to celebrate the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Rev. Dr. John G. Moore Sr. will present his one-man dramatic portrayal entitled “Echoes of a Prophet” at Wesley College’s Wells Theater at 6 p.m.

The performance illustrates the journey of Dr. King through five reenactments of speeches with pictures and music. The event is free but seating is limited on a first-come basis. The event is sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the Student Activity Board at Wesley College.

The “Courage and Freedom” program will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. In commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, guided tours will focus on three stories of courageous Delawareans whose fight for freedom and equality began at The Old State House. Call 744-5054.

The MLK 2017 Day of Service will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 4752 Forrest Ave. (Del. 8), west of Dover. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Epsilon Iota Omega Chapter is collecting food to provide children with meals for the weekends during the school year. Foods and drinks to donate include individual meals, fruit cup, applesauce, crackers, soups, healthful fruit snacks, cereal, milk, etc. In addition, the food bank needs nonperishable foods such as canned vegetables/fruit and evaporated milk or shelf-stable milk.

The program, “The Struggle,” will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New St., Dover. Guided tours focus on African-American vocalists and Civil Rights activists Paul Robeson and Marian Anderson, accompanied by 78-rpm recordings of those artists played on authentic Victor Talking Machines. Call 739-3262.

The Zeta Rho Lambda Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity’s Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast will be held at the Modern Maturity Center, 1121 Forrest Ave. The 34th annual MLK Prayer Breakfast features speaker Aaron Crutison, a past acting general president of Alpha Phi Alpha and the deputy director of Child Welfare Services in Solano County, California. Music will also be performed.

Tickets to the prayer breakfast are $20 each and can be purchased from Mr. Williams, who can be reached by email at or at 302-242-8783. The breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. Tickets will be sold at the door.

At 3 p.m., Wyoming Mill Church, 216 Wyoming Mill Road, Dover, will hold “Celebrating Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King,” with speakers, historical presentations, liturgical dance, spiritual songs and an agape meal. Call 697-8400.

Delaware State University and Inner City Cultural League will present their annual MLK program at noon at the Education and Humanities Theater on DSU’s campus at 1200 N. DuPont Highway. The keynote speaker will be the Rev. Ellis Louden, pastor of Mount Zion AME Church. The Sankofa Dancers and DSU’s concert choir will perform at the event, which is free and open to the public.

On Thursday, the Dover Library History Book Club meets and will discuss “Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement” at 4 p.m., at the library, 25 E. Loockerman St. (The Plaza), Dover. Guest presenters: John Moore and Fred Minus (“More or Less”). Listen to a speaker, share a book or memories on this topic, or just come and listen and enjoy. There also will be a history book exchange at the meeting, so, anyone so inclined may bring a gift-wrapped used book and go home with one that would be new to that person. All are welcome.

For questions or information, call Larry Koch at 335-8344 or email at

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