Every dream, including yours and mine... has roots...a story-line...and a multitude of life-experiences that shape it.  A young man, born in Atlanta, would one day become world famous for his dream.  That man was Martin Luther King, Jr.

And we are proud to know 'his dream' was shaped, in part, by both the education and experiences he had while attending Delaware County's Crozer Theological Seminary, from 1948 to 1951.

One of only eleven black students, Martin Luther King admitted to being ..."grimly serious for a time."  But with support from Reverend J. Pius Barbour, (a long time family friend) he soon settled in, and became a student pastor at Rev. Barbour's nearby Calvary Baptist Church.  King was able to test his wings by sharing his expanding philosophies and teachings with hundreds of people in Delaware County.

He came to believe that theology could be used as a basis to alleviate "social evil" and attended several local lectures on the subject, including a lecture by Dr. Mordecai Johnson, president of Howard University.  He spoke about Mahatma Gandhi at Philadelphia's Fellowship House, an inter-racial, inter-faith community center with Quaker roots.

King is said to have found the message of non-violent civil disobedience "profound and electrifying."

King was Valedictorian and Class President when he graduated in 1951 as a Bachelor of Divinity.

He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 - and his death, while a great tragedy, has given voice and hope to everyone who has ever and will ever seek social change.

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?"
       --Martin Luther King, Jr

If you want to celebrate with a DAY OF SERVICE, here are a few local activities planned for January 18th and beyond:

Community Y in Eastern  Delaware County - January 18th
Celebration Breakfast Buffet from 8 to 9:30 at Drexelbrook Event Center in Drexel Hill.
  • Guest Speaker is Dr. Valerie Smith, President of Swarthmore College
  • $20 per person, $10 per child
  • Call Michele Hengey for details at 610-638-1270   Ext. 3027
  • Community Y of Eastern Delaware County

On January 18th take part in Neumann University's Two “Drop-in” Service Activities on Campus:

•         10 am to 4 pm -- Placemat Decorating for the Cathedral Kitchen in Camden
•         Noon to 1 pm -- Help them make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for Catholic Charities of Chester. This is an ongoing activity at Neumann, called Sandwiches for Survival

10 am to 4 pm -- Visit the lobby of Bachmann Main Building to learn about the opportunities to volunteer to help with various causes throughout the year, including:
  • Anna’s Place
  • Chester Senior Center
  • Drexel Neumann Academy
  • Overbrook School for the Blind
  • Vets Comfort House
  • The Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming.
University of Pennsylvania
A day of service on their campus and in the Philadelphia community on Monday, January 18, 2016 and continues with programming and events through Friday, January 29, 2016. 

To see a calendar of activities or to plan an event in your own neighborhood, visit this page on their web site:  University of Penn MLK Day Events

More famous quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr:

  • Faith is taking the first step event when you don't see the whole staircase.
  • Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
  • Injustice anywhere  is a threat to justice everywhere.
  • Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.
  • In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.