Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service was a Great Day of Community Spirit
Volunteers and members of the community
participate in a mural project inside
the Boys & Girls Club of Chester.
This year’s 2014 MLK Day of Service on January 20 in Chester and Upland had large crowds at each of the planned activities and ceremonial events to honor the life and message of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The MLK Commemorative Committee of Chester & Vicinity organized the main event for the Boys & Girls Club in Chester and over 600 volunteers participated between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Volunteers of all ages worked together on MLK-themed activities such as a mural project, T-shirt design, arts and crafts, and the creation of personalized care packages. Health and education vendors were also present through the City of Chester and Crozer-Keystone. The group also enjoyed some dancing with Mr. Scott the Music Man. Off-site during the morning hours, more than 100 volunteers from high schools, colleges, churches and the local business community also did service projects, such as painting and clean up at the STEM Academy at Showalter High School and at Chester Eastside Ministries.
The afternoon’s activities were ceremonial and reflective in nature at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. Starting at 1 p.m. in front of the Old Main building, where Dr. King studied when he was in the Crozer Theological Seminary, Rev. Dr. Bayard Taylor led a ceremonial wreath-laying event. In attendance were Chester Mayor John Linder, city officials, community leaders, and Crozer-Keystone staff. Following the placing of the wreath by Mayor Linder, Patrick Gavin (chief operating officer of Crozer-Keystone Health System) and Rev. Taylor, the crowd moved into the Clark Auditorium for a celebration of Dr. King’s life. The capacity crowd was made up of city leadership, Chester Rotary members, church members, community leaders, Crozer-Keystone staff, and members of the Shiloh Baptist Church choir from Wilmington, Del. with their leader (and keynote speaker for the event) Rev. Dr. Clifford Johnson. The crowd was energized by the messages and stories shared from the speakers, and also the beautiful music from the church choir.