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Martin Luther King, Jr.

Celebration Organization

Sussex County

28th Annual Commemorative Weekend

Themes

2020 – CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE: THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES

2019 – KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE: NEVER LOSE HOPE

2018 - SPEAK UP!LET US NOT BE SILENT ABOUT THINGS THAT MATTER

2017 - IN TIMES OF CHALLENGE AND CONTROVERSY; FAITH TRIUMPHS OVER ADVERSITY

2016 - FINDING BALANCE IN A JUDGMENTAL SOCIETY

2015 - THE QUEST FOR EQUALITY - A JOURNEY OF FAITH

2014 - 50 YEARS: I HAVE A DREAM

2012 - MARCH ON BY FAITH: TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

2011 - EMBRACING THE FIGHT FOR CHANGE: WE WON'T GO BACK

2009 - A VISION OF THE DREAM THROUGH CHANGE

2008 - REMEMBERING THE PAST, LIVING THE PRESENT, BUILDING THE FUTURE

2007 - DREAMS – REALITY:  WHERE ARE WE NOW?

2006 - A MISSION TO FULFILL HIS DREAM (A FOCUS ON YOUTH)

2005 - A NEW DAY, A NEW VISION, A NEW ATTITUDE

2004 - YESTERDAY’S DREAM BECOMES TOMORROW’S REALITY

2003 - HONORING OUR PAST - ASSURING OUR FUTURE

2002 - A DRUM MAJOR FOR JUSTICE

2001 - EQUALITY – STILL A DREAM

2000 - THE NEW MILLENNIUM – SAME DREAM

1999 - WE ARE THE DREAM

1998 - A CELEBRATION FIT FOR A KING

1997 - CELEBRATING AN AMERICAN HERO

1996 - BEYOND THE DREAM

1995 - THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES

1994 - FAITH, UNITY, AND THE COURAGE TO DREAM

1993 - MOVING FORWARD AMIDST THE STRUGGLE

1992 - UMOJA (UNITY)

1991 - INJUSTICE ANYWHERE IS A THREAT TO JUSTICE EVERYWHERE

1990 - FROM DREAMS TO REALITY,

Finding Balance in a

Judgmental Society

WHAT THE KING HOLIDAY IS:

It is 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.

If only for one day, each of us serves as “A Drum Major” for justice and peace, “then we will bring to life the inspiring vision of freedom” which Dr. King dreamed.

THE PURPOSE OF THE

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

The purpose of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday has not changed.

In 1983, when the U.S. Congress passed the bill establishing the first and only federal holiday honoring an African American; Dr. King, we, as a Race, as a nation, as a world, realized A DREAM!  We can ill afford to forget such a great man- a man of God- who knew it was A New Day - A day to stop segregation laws, sub-standard housing, jobs and wages; a man who had A New Vision; he had A DREAM- remember? Some forty-five years later   WE are experiencing A DREAM turned into reality. THE DREAM of the First ever elected Black President of the United States of America! He also told us we had to have A New Attitude; An attitude of non-violence, of self-help, of justice and opportunity; An attitude of loving, not hating; of unity, not division; of understanding, not anger; of peace, not war and of freedom for everyone!  

It is very clear why I MUST celebrate the life and the legacy of Dr. King and why YOU MUST celebrate The King Holiday. WE MUST Continue to “Nurture and perpetuate the legacy and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” If not, we will forget; and if we forget what Dr. King died for, forget THE DREAM, THE VISION, THE ATTITUDE, we leave the door open for the same injustices, same violence, same hate, same division, the same intolerance to happen again!           

For Banquet & Ticket Information

Date: Saturday, January 18th, 2020

Place: The Cheer Center

20520 Sand Hill Road, Georgetown, Delaware

Time: 4:30 p.m

Tickets: Adults $35.00  Children 12, $15.00 Children 3 and under are free (Tickets will not be sold at the door)

Ticket deadline is January 8, 2020

Contact: Janie Miller (302) 227-3118

For Ads, Patrons and Sponsors Souvenir Booklet Information - Deadline for ads/patrons/sponsors is December 14, 2019.

Sponsorships

Platinum $500

Reserved Table for 8 at the banquet; Full page ad in Souvenir Booklet; Name listed in all MLK Weekend Celebration correspondence; Display a free-standing banner or sign at the banquet.

Gold $300

4 Tickets for the banquet; Half page ad in Souvenir Booklet; Name listed in all MLK Weekend Celebration correspondence; Display a free-standing banner or sign at the banquet.

Silver $150

2 Tickets for the banquet; Quarter page ad in the program; Name listed in all MLK Weekend Celebration correspondence; Display a free-standing banner or sign at the banquet.

 

Contacts:  Waynne H. Paskins (302) 227-8738; Bernice Edwards (302) 236-6472 or Janie Miller

 

Parade Information

“CANCELED”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade

January 18th,  2020     11:00 a.m.

Downtown Lewes, Delaware

   Contacts: Alphonso K. Miller, Sr.  (302) 227-3531;

Monday Holiday Worship Service

Program Information

Date: Monday, January 20th , 2020

Place: Dickerson Chapel AME Church

Dupont Highway

Millsboro, Delaware 19966

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Contacts:  Ardeth Edwards (302) 684-8229;     Janie Miller (302) 227-3118

 

 

 

 

 

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