January 11, 2016 (Chester, PA) – The MLK Commemorative Committee of Chester & Vicinity has been the local organizing group for the MLK Day of Service in Chester for more than two decades, and for the past several years the theme has been ‘Pieces of Peace.’ MLK Day 2016 marks a return trip to the Salvation Army of Chester at 151 West 15th Street in Chester, and the regional community is invited to attend this event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 18 to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Event activities will include service-related projects such as t-shirt decorating (while supplies last), an art project led by the Wallingford Community Arts Center, care package creation, a Veterans project, and the chance to create special peace flags that can be displayed at your home. In addition, there will be entertainment, arts & crafts, over 15 health and community vendors offering resources and interactive fun, a continental breakfast courtesy of Widener University and lunch for everyone in attendance that includes baked ziti, salad and soft drinks.

A special presentation on Dr. King will take place from 9:30-10:15 a.m. that will include video from those that interacted with Dr. King during his time in Chester and Upland. Later in the morning, Chester Made will provide a community presentation that will also include an update on the arts revitalization currently underway in downtown Chester and the crowd will have a chance to dance and exercise with Mr. Scott the Music Man.

To conclude this event, a procession will start from the Salvation Army at 1 p.m. to honor the memory of Dr. King by walking to the Crozer-Chester Medical Center for a wreath laying ceremony in front of the Old Main Building. It was at this location where Dr. King received three years of his education in the city of Chester while he attended the Crozer Theological Seminary from 1948 to 1951. Following this outdoor ceremony, the community is invited indoors to attend the annual Crozer celebration of Dr. King during a 2 p.m. event in the Clark auditorium. 

The following organizations and businesses are active members and friends of the MLK Commemorative Committee of Chester & Vicinity: Boys & Girls Club of Chester, Chester Business Association, Chester Drug Free Communities, Chester Water Authority, City of Chester – Mayor’s Office, Crozer-Keystone Health System, David Auto Group, Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union, NIA Center, PECO, Rotary Club of Chester, Swarthmore College, Unity Center, Inc., Wallingford Community Arts Center, Widener University, and Yes We Can Achievement & Cultural Center.

For more information regarding the 2016 MLK Day of Service, contact Twyla Simpkins, Chair of the MLK Commemorative Committee of Chester & Vicinity, at yescenterchester@aol.com and (610) 876-2222 or visit www.facebook.com/mlkcommitteechesterandvicinity.

In addition to the events outlined above, the MLK Commemorative Committee of Chester & Vicinity wishes to share the details for the MLK Day of Service events planned by Unity Center, Inc. at their Chester Center which is located on the corner of 9th Street and Kerlin St.  This organization will host volunteers from area colleges and universities from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. as they participate in pre-assigned projects within the Center. The community is invited to attend their free evening event from 6 to 8 p.m. that is led by FUSE (Fellowship of Urban Suburban Engagement), and the theme of this event that will include light refreshments is, “Violence and Racism.” For more information, visit www.unitycenterofpa.org.