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Martin Luther King Leading Protest March

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The ideal of Martin Luther King Jr. Day was advocated by labor unions and King’s widow, Coretta. She fought and petitioned against Congress for many years, and finally in 1980, she presented a second petition containing 6 million signatures of support. The House passed the bill with a vote of 338 to 90 to recognize the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Join Urban One Philadelphia as we celebrate the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We will be serving the community from Saturday January 13th, 2018 to Monday January 15th, 2018 at the following locations below:

Saturday January 13th, 2018 

Raising Kings Week of Action: Changing The Images & Expectations of Men & Boys of Color 

Location: P.S. DuPont School –  701 W 34th St, Wilmington, DE 19802

 Time: 9:00am-1:00pm

For more information, visit: Raising Kings 

Monday January 15th, 2018

Raising Kings Week of Action: Changing The Images & Expectations of Men & Boys of Color 

Location: Delaware Art Museum – 2301 Kentmere Pkwy, Wilmington, DE 19806

 Time: 11:00am-3:00pm

For more information, visit: Raising Kings 

Monday January 15th, 2018

Roosevelt Elementary School – A Day On, Not A Day Off!

Location: Roosevelt Elementary School – 430 Washington Ln, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Time: 8:00am-3:00pm

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On Monday, January 15, 2018, the leadership of Stronger Partners, Stronger Schools will embark on a beautification painting project designed to replace the current colors in the sitorium and gymnasia that will be replaced with the royal colors of blue and gold, which are Roosevelt school colors.
During the Martin L.  King Day of Service Stronger Partners, Stronger Schools have a unique opportunity to unite volunteer services and issue a call to action to do what we can, as Americans, do best – lend a hand, help our neighbors – and build better communities and schools.

Monday January 15th, 2018

Global Citizen Martin Luther King of Service – Career Fair

Location: Girard College – 2101 S. College Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19121

Time: 9am-10:30am

For more information, visit: Global Citizen 

Monday January 15th, 2018
Temple Women’s Network – Treehouse Book Drive
Location: Treehouse Books, 1430 W. Susquehanna Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19121
Time: 3:00pm-6:00pm 
For more information, visit: Temple University Alumni Events 


Other Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events Going on in Philadelphia 

Martin Luther King Jr. Giving A Press Conference 1961-1968

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JANUARY 14-16, 2017

The  Eastern State Penitentiary  will  host Martin Luther King Jr. Day with special readings of King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” three times a day on Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

An informal Q & A session moderated by a civil rights scholar will follow each reading, and on Monday, January 16, children ages 7-12 can create artwork in response to the letter. The events are free and open to the public.

January 16, 2017

The Woodmere Art Museum will host its annual MLK Day of Service event. It’s free and open to the public. Visitors will have the opportunity to view the several art exhibits along with special performances and speeches honoring Dr. King.

January 15, 2018

Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Holmesburg will host a service event on MLK Day to support the homeless in the Philadelphia area. The event will start at 9:00am with a continental breakfast followed by a panel discussion called ‘’Homelessness “Who Is My Neighbor?” If you are not able to make the event you can stop by and drop off canned goods and toiletries.

January 15, 2018

Join The Philadelphia Orchestra  on January 15, 2018 at Girard College for a tribute concert for Martin Luther King Jr.  The concert is free and tickets will be available starting January 9th at 12:00pm. Doors open at 1:00pm and the concert start at 1:30pm.

January 15, 2018

The National Museum of American Jewish History will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day filled with family-friendly performances and arts and crafts activities, spotlight talks about social justice, and more. Program starts at 10:00 am and ends at 5:00 pm.

January 15, 2018

Martin Luther King Jr. Service Day – Northeast Philly

Join the Delaware River City Corporation to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a service project in Pennypack on the Delaware Park. This park is well-loved by the community and we want to keep it that way! Service work may include cleaning trash from the natural areas and shoreline, moving fallen timber, cutting brush and shoveling and raking a nature trail.

All ages and skill levels are welcome, there is something for everyone to help with! Tell your family, friends and neighbors to join from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm for a day of service and fun!

January 15, 2018

Volunteer for MLK Jr. Day

Join Fox Net Impact to make a difference!

Every year, the City of Philadelphia hosts the largest Martin Luther King Jr. Day event in the nation – Be a part of the action and join Fox Net Impact from 8:15 am to 2:00 pm at Frankford High School  to volunteer with City Year Philadelphia to create a more colorful, inspiring & harmonious space for students through painted murals and small building projects.

January 15, 2018

NewCORE: 2018 CONVERSATION OF KINGS: Strength to Love, A Call To Action

Join NewCORE the Philadelphia Museum of Art to commend and appreciate the leadership and justice work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. NewCORE continues this work through itsConversation of Kings”. This conversation embraces differences, while forging common ground. This conversation tenaciously pursues and prizes a more perfect union. 

January 15, 2018

MLK Day Of Service – Let’s Make A Difference


Voorhess Township Center will host a day of service to support hospitalized children.Volunteers will spend the day making care packages for teens who have cancer. All care packages will be shipped out to hospitalized teens around the world.

January 15 , 2018

MLK Day Event & Volunteer Project

Afro Philly will start their MLK Day of service at 10:00am with classic clips that will display Martin Luther King Jr. speeches and a discussion about the disconnect for justice by the black community. Followed by the presentations volunteers will team up to pass flyers out to help bring resources for health and economic development in the black community.

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