Monday, January 20, 2020, from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM EST
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Martin Luther King Jr. CommUNITY of the Greater Kennett Area

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Save the Date! 19th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. CommUNITY Breakfast is Monday, January 20, 2020. 

The Martin Luther King CommUNITY of the Greater Kennett Area presented the 18th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. CommUNITY Breakfast on Monday, January 21, 2019.  The breakfast celebrates Dr. King's legacy of love and service and inspires all to live out his dream in our community and throughout the world.  Our 2019 theme was "Diversity is our Strength."  

The phenomenal keynote speaker was Dr. Brenda A. Allen, President of Lincoln University.   A noted psychologist and first alumna to lead the university, she has been embraced by the community. She has also been deeply engaged with faculty, staff, students, alumni and community partners to build upon the institution’s positive momentum  and reimagine it's strategic plan for the future.  It is her vision that the nation's first historically Black university provides students both a 21st century liberal arts undergraduate education and innovative graduate and professional programs. 

Dr. Allen has previously served as Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Winston Salem State University (WSSU), Associate Provost and Director of Institutional Diversity at Brown University and has held numerous academic and administrative positions at Smith College and Yale University. 

The author or co-author of more than two dozen journal articles, book chapters and other works on cultural influences on cognitive and social development, Dr. Allen shared her thoughts on Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and the positive vision  she also has of a nation made stronger by embracing diversity and committed to working together for peace, justice and  equality for all.  


Guest of honor, J. Philip Thompson, world scholar and currently the Deputy Mayor of the City of New York, returned home to serve as Master of Ceremony of the Breakfast in tribute to his late mother, Mabel Latta Thompson, and to Dr. King’s legacy of hope and love that continues to inspire him.

There was opportunity to dialogue with Dr. Allen after the breakfast at the Kennett Inn and to volunteer in the  2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of  Sharing.  Please let us know of your interest in volunteering in 2020  by sending an email to dayofsharing@mlkcommunity.org.  Click here for list of volunteer opportunities . Feel free to contact the organizers for locations, times and further instructions.  Organizations may register their projects and request volunteers by clicking  here or the "Day of Service" button on the left.

There are many in our CommUNITY who are hungry. If you are able, please bring nonperishable food items to the Breakfast for the Kennett Food Cupboard or click  to donate to our "Change for Change" campaign for the benefit of the Kennett Food Cupboard and the Avon-Grove Bridge Food Pantry.  We are committed to eradicating hunger in our community. Our CommUNITY Food Drive  will again span two weeks in March 2019.  Join our mailing list for more information.

Be certain to come back later to  learn of our speaker  in 2020 and to purchase and print your breakfast ticket(s).  You will also be able to obtain tickets by calling the offices of the Borough of Kennett Square, 610-444-6020, ext. 108, during regular business hours, located at 120 Marshall Street, Kennett Square.   We look forward to seeing you at the Breakfast on Monday, January 21, 2019, for this inspiring community celebration.

Proceeds of the Breakfast benefit scholarships for graduating seniors at Kennett, Unionville and Avon Grove High Schools and Lincoln University, summer opportunities for disadvantaged children at Camp Cadet, MLK Advocates Forums, and support for projects that promote equality, justice, peace and the eradication of poverty in the Kennett Square area. 

The mission of the Martin Luther King, Jr., CommUNITY is to revitalize in our community Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's dream of peace and harmony among all people. It is our vision to create a beloved community in Greater Southern Chester County that provides opportunities for fellowship, service, justice and the eradication of poverty.  Our MLK Advocatescommitted to building and promoting relationships based on equality, justice and peace,  conduct community awareness forums for cross-racial, cross-cultural dialogues and interactions, intervening where necesary to resolve conflict and ensure that the voices of the excluded and marginalized are heard. 

MLK CommUNITY is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt, non-profit organization. Please click the donate button on the left if you wish to make a one-time gift in support of our efforts.  Sponsorship is welcome and various levels of support are available by clicking the "Sponsorship Opportunities" box on the left. 

2020 Applications for Martin Luther King Jr. CommUNITY Scholarship due April 15, 2020.

Graduating seniors at Avon-Grove, Kennett and Unionville high schools are invited to apply for  two $1,000 scholarships that will be awarded at each school. The scholarships will be awarded to deserving students, regardless of race or ethnicity, who promote the principles of Dr. King by their demonstrated commitment to school, community, family and faith.   Click here to download the application and guidelines.