Great men and women throughout history are remembered because they transformed the way human beings think, act or react. 
The best way to honor them is to also think and a way that creates a positive reaction today.

Martin Luther King, Jr. attended Crozer Theological Seminary in 1951.
January 16th we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, who was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. 

King's history has roots in Delaware County

King lived three years in the Chester/Upland Community and ministered under the mentorship of J. Pius Barbour.  Read more about King's life and connections in Delaware County at Martin Luther King, Jr's life in Delaware County

We honor his memory with a National Day of Service. 

The National Constitution Center is joining with Global Citizen's Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service for a daylong commemoration on Monday, January 16th.
Global Citizen Day of Service Website

  • Admission in $5 and includes access to the museum and all activities connected with this important civic holiday, including:
  • 11am-1pm -- drop off books and school supplies for Philadelphia students and other facilities
  • 11am and 1pm -- Two performances by an award-winning husband and wife duo who lead an interactive musical program of singing, sign language, movement and stories!
  • Noon and 2pm --Local actors will join students from local colleges to perform a passionate reading of the "I Have a Dream" speech.
  • And everyone can create their own "I Have a Dream" mobiles expressing their dreams for their communities, the country and the world.
LOCATION:  Center City Philly
Independence Mall
525 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19106
Hours: Monday: 9:45am to 5pm

Local Activities

Delaware County's Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Unity Day Celebration at Drexelbrook on Monday, January 16th:

The First United Methodist Church of Media is holding their 28th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration January 15th
Media Fellowship House, the Media Area Unit NAACP and the Media Area Houses of Worship invite you to join them for an annual community celebration honoring Dr. King and the men and women who struggled right along with him.
The celebration includes:
Beth Israel Music Appreciation Society
Penncrest High School Chamber Ensemble
The Voices from First Baptist Church of Morton
and much more...
A special reception following the celebration is sponsored by the Media Area Unit NAACP and Media Fellowship House.

Sunday, January 15, 2017
Starts at 2:45 PM
First United Methodist Church of Media
State and Lemon Streets, Media, PA 19063

At the time of this writing, no other local activities had been announced yet.  But many events should hit the local papers once the new year arrives. Below are a couple of websites to check:
Delco News Network of Local Papers Website (Press Papers, Town Talk, News of Delaware County)

You can also:
  • Plan an event in your own neighborhood...collecting food, clothes or other items for a veteran's or other charity.
  • Check the websites of local colleges like Neumann and Villanova Universities which most years invite volunteers to campus events.
  • Call your local township or government offices 
  • Check out more regional events listed at Martin Luther King Jr. Activities at