Chester was chocked full of events to honor the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on the coldest day of the year.

There was no excuse to not attend an event because there were too many occurring for any one person to attend them all.

I heard great things about the event where Shiloh Baptist Church, Cornerstone Christian Ministries, Delaware County Community College, and Dr. Rodney Bradley and Friends Choir collaborated on their MLK celebration. But with only one day to celebrate, I spent most of my day at the MLK Day of Service held at various locations on Avenue of the States including all the spaces inside the MJ Freed Theater, the Soul Street Lounge, the Arts on the Avenue Gallery, and the Abstract Reality Art Gallery and Photography Studio. I snuck over to Widener University for their 25th Anniversary MLK Day Fair and scurried from there to attend the Calvary Baptist Church MLK Celebration.

I heard there was a gathering at the Crozer Theological Seminary where Dr. King studied and another event up the road with the Network of Black Business and Professional Women (I think I got that right) featuring Reverend Dr. Alyn E. Waller from Enon Tabernacle in Philadelphia.

Thanks to the NBA and their MLK line up of games, the Philadelphia 76ers hosted the Houston Rockets and one of their players, PJ Tucker stopped by DTLR on Ave of the States and graciously posed for a few photos.

All that being said, I would love to see MLK Day stretch into an entire weekend of celebration. To pile so much into one day is getting to be too much.

Here’s a few photos of what I witnessed. To see all 100 photos I captured, go to ChesterMatters.News or the Chester Matters app and visit the Photo section.

CBS3 came down to interview Twyla Simpkins to learn how she arranged to coordinate the multi location 12 hours MLK Day of Service on Avenue of the States
Widener students were caught hanging out at Soul Street Lounge
Professor Griff of Public Enemy had his traveling Black History Museum on display in Abstract Space


Sewing, art, and community information were sharing a space at Abstract Reality Gallery.

Chester’s Tiffany Gosa Flammer is Miss Ashley Stewart 2018 and showed she has talent beyond winning crowns for national retail brands by helping with the mural taking shape at the Arts on the Avenue Gallery
Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon proved once again that she’s no stranger in Chester


Widener University students showed their stuff


John Alston and the Chester Children’s Chorus lit up Calvary Baptist Church

“These hands are dangerous!” Chester’s Fredia ‘Cheetah’ Gibbs is just a 3-Time World Champion Kickboxer and named one of the Top 10 African American Female Athletes of All Time. She spent the day at Abstract Space meeting, greeting, and signing autographs.