York City will celebrate the 31st Martin Luther King Jr. Day with several events centered around the civil rights leader’s birthday.

Sunday Supper: Lincoln Charter School will host the city’s fifth annual MLK America’s Sunday Supper on Jan. 15, the day King would have turned 87 and the day before the national holiday celebrating his life.

The event is free to the public, with people encouraged to stop in for a meal and community film, followed by a guided discussion about unity, according to a news release from York City Mayor Kim Bracey’s office.

The school, located at 559 W. King St., will open its doors at 3:30 p.m, with the event beginning at 4 p.m., according to the release.

“It gives me great pleasure to once again honor the rich legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the City of York by encouraging our community to gather together, give back and openly discuss our progress in living up to his dreams as a community,” Bracey said in the release.

Those who attend the event are encouraged to bring a donation for My Brother’s Keeper York in the form of a “Gentleman’s Bag,” including deodorant, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, socks, lotion, mints and chewing gum. Donations can be made at the event, at Lincoln Charter School or at York City Hall, located at 101 S. George St.

MLK Image Awards: The day before the supper, the Black Ministers Association of York County will honor more than a dozen York-area “trailblazers” at the fourth annual MLK Image Awards Luncheon on Jan. 14.

The ceremony will be held at the Wyndham Garden York, 2000 Loucks Road, and is open to the public. Reservations are $45 in advance, with proceeds benefiting the Black Ministers Association Scholarship Fund for local students, according to a news release.

State Rep.-elect Carol Hill Evans and Magisterial District Judge James Morgan head the list of award winners, which also includes four recipients from the York City School District.

Superintendent Eric Holmes, Assistant Superintendent of Special Education Linda Brown, district Police Chief Michael Muldrow and school board member Juanita Kirkland will receive MLK Image Awards for their work in the education field.

Other winners:

  • Barry Freeland, Crispus Attucks Association
  • Jacqueline Martino-Miller, CEO of Crispus Attucks Charter School
  • The Rev. Dr. Romana Kinard, Black Ministers Association; vice president, Wheatfield Street CLG
  • Jonathan and Cindy Strawbridge, Destined2BeProductions
  • Connie Rae and Traci Foster, founders of Logos Academy

MLK Image Award winners were nominated by members of the Black Ministers Association for carrying on King’s legacy by promoting community improvement, relationships, faith, education and community service, according to the release.

Dr. King memorial service: The Black Ministers Association also will hold a memorial service to commemorate King’s life on Jan. 16, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, at the Cornerstone Baptist Church in York City, according to a news release.

The church, located at 629 S. Pershing Ave, will open for the event at 6:30 p.m.

The service will feature a theme of “Shades of Glory” based on a passage from Ephesians, titled “Endeavoring to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace,” and will be led by Archbishop Alfred Owens of the Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church in Washington, D.C., according to the release.

“The promotion of unity and peace, along with diversity and inclusion, is especially needed during these troubled times in our nation and our community right here in York, Pa., and we are witnessing a direct attack to the honor and legacy of Dr. King,” the release states.

Clergy members and people of all denominations and faiths are invited to attend the memorial service.

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