The 2015 MLK Day in Chester Created More ‘Pieces of Peace’
The MLK Commemorative Committee of Chester & Vicinity, in
partnership with the Chester Upland School District, hosted its
Kickoff Event and ‘Pieces of Peace’ activities at the S.T.E.M. Academy
at Showalter in Chester on Jan. 19. Pictured are the more than 300
motivated volunteers who attended the Kickoff Event in the
multi-purpose room of the high school, prior to engaging in service
related activities held throughout the school district.
The MLK Commemorative Committee of Chester & Vicinity has been the local organizing group for the MLK Day of Service in Chester for the past two decades, and for the past several years the theme has been ‘Pieces of Peace.’ On Jan. 19 the regional community participated in a much larger Day of Service than recent years with an increase of volunteer opportunities and family engagement activities that created more ‘Pieces’ for a city that continues its march towards Peace.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. received three years of his education in the city of Chester while he attended the Crozer Theological Seminary from 1948 to 1951. ‘Mike’ as he was known at this point of his life, also was a prominent member of the Calvary Baptist Church during his time living in the city as he worked on refining the delivery of his sermons. It has always been important for the annual Day of Service in Chester to provide educational relevance of Dr. King’s legacy.
For this year’s Day of Service, education took on a greater significance and opportunity to impact the youth of Chester due in large part to the growing partnership between the MLK Committee and the Chester-Upland School District (CUSD). The MLK Committee chose S.T.E.M. Academy at Showalter (1100 West 10th Street) as the host location for the family engagement activities, with all six schools in the district serving as volunteer locations for those interested in helping with painting, mural creation, general maintenance, library organization, and bulletin board creation. Approximately 300 volunteers pre-registered to volunteer at the six schools in the morning, and many other local residents and families participated in the kickoff event and family-fun activities at the S.T.E.M. Academy. During the kickoff event that included entertainment and speeches from local leaders, the crowd watched a video of Dr. King that included the transcript from a 1949 sermon originally delivered at Calvary Baptist Church.
Following the morning events, the Day of Service activities moved to the Crozer-Chester Medical Center at 1 p.m. for a ceremonial wreath-laying at Old Main where Dr. King studied at the Crozer Theological Seminary. The afternoon activities concluded at Crozer with an event inside Clark Auditorium at 2 p.m. featuring a presentation from Rev. Dr. Willie E. Robinson of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Twin Oaks, Pa along with a performance from his church choir.
Watch the recently produced video on Dr. King and his connection with Chester.
Visit MLK Commemorative Committee of Chester & Vicinity Facebook page for more informatoin.