Full weekend of events planned for MLK commemoration

The 28th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Weekend will be observed with three events in Millsboro, Georgetown and Lewes, beginning on Saturday.

A parade will be held in downtown Lewes at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, and a dinner that afternoon, at 4:30 p.m. at the CHEER Center in Georgetown. (Tickets for the dinner were sold until Jan. 8 and will not be available at the door.)

On Monday, Jan. 20, a church service with the theme “Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage — the Struggle Continues” will be held at 10 a.m. at Dickerson Chapel AME Church on Dupont Highway in Millsboro.

Open to the public, the service will focus on “keeping the dream alive,” said the Rev. George Edwards, pastor of Friendship Baptist Church in Lewes, one of the participating churches.

“It’s an annual activity. We have a parade and the banquet and the service because we’re trying to keep the dream alive in commemoration of Dr. King. The purpose is to draw people together.

“We always have a guest speaker for the banquet,” he added. “This year, we’re remembering about women’s suffrage, so that is one point we will be discussing, as well as keeping the dream alive. Not only do we do it this time of the year, but we try to do something all year.”

Keeping the dream alive, he said, means striving for a world in which everyone gets along peacefully, regardless of race or creed.

The commemorative weekend is described in literature the church provided as “a day on, not a day off, a day of action, not apathy, a day of responding to community needs, not a day of rest and relaxation.”

“It is a day to celebrate the life and the dream of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It is a day to reaffirm the American ideals of freedom, justice and opportunity for all, a day for love, not hate, for understanding, not anger, for peace, not war.

“It is a day for the family to share together, to reach out to relatives and friends and mend broken relationships, a day when the community rids itself of the barriers which divide it and comes together as one; A day when people of all races, religions, classes and stations in life put aside their differences and join in a spirit of togetherness.

“It is a day for our nation to pay tribute to Dr. King, who awakened in us the best qualities of the American spirit, a day for all nations to cease all violent actions, seeking non-violent solutions and demonstrate that peace is not just a dream, but a real possibility, if only for one day.”

By Susan Canfora
Staff Reporter