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Mayor Purzycki Commemorates Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service with Series of Events in Wilmington

Post Date:01/17/2020 4:00 PM

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To mark the observance of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Wilmington, Mayor Mike Purzycki will participate in several City-sponsored events on Monday, January 20, beginning with the annual Chemours Day of Service. The City of Wilmington will again partner with The Chemours Company to engage City youth in an event focusing on education, fitness, and service to be held at the 76ers Fieldhouse, located at 401 Garasches Lane.
 
The Mayor will help kick off the day when he offers opening remarks at 8:30 a.m. to about 50 company and City volunteers in the Nobel Room of The Chemours Company headquarters, at 1007 North Market Street in Downtown Wilmington. From there he will accompany the group to the Sixers Fieldhouse along the Christina Riverfront, where more than 100 children ages 6 to 12 will gather for breakfast at 9 a.m. before rotating through three separate stations for 45-minute sessions between 9:30 a.m. and noon.
 
Station One will see STEM Queen Jacqueline Means facilitate experimental activities with participants, who will be assisted by adult volunteers while conducting various science experiments. Station Two will have child participants and volunteers engage in a number of fitness activities with instructors from Titus Sports.  Finally, Station Three will include a discussion about the significance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the importance of giving back to one’s community. The young participants, with volunteer assistance if necessary, will then have an opportunity to write a personal note to a Wilmington senior, which the Mayor’s office will then deliver. After reconvening for lunch at 12 p.m., the young participants and volunteers will stay to watch the Delaware Blue Coats take on the South Bay Lakers at 1:00 p.m.  For more information, contact Ashley Christopher at aschristopher@WilmingtonDE.gov or 302.576.2126.

Mayor Purzycki will also meet at noon with representatives from The Warehouse, I Am My Sister’s Keeper, The Brothers Brunch, Parkway Academy North, and Pathways along with more than 300 community members to thank them for participating in a clean-up project to beautify the Hedgeville and Riverside neighborhoods. The groups are also assisting with a mural painting project at The Warehouse, located at 2300 Bowers Street, and are marching in Hedgeville in honor of what would have been Dr. King’s 90th birthday.
 
Among other events taking place in Wilmington to honor the legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. are: 

  • Friday, January 17thThe Music School of Delaware, at 4101 Washington Street Extension in Wilmington, will present a Martin Luther King, Jr. & Black History Tribute at 7 p.m. to benefit the Jacqueline Beach Faulcon Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased here.
  • Sunday, January 19th:  Christ Church Christiana Hundred and YWCA Delaware present 2020 MLK Voice 4 Youth at the Baby Grand, 818 North Market Street, where seven students will reflect on and share how Dr. King’s legacy speaks to them today while competing for a top prize of $2,000. The MLK Finals, which start at 2 p.m., are FREE and open to the public with seats on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Monday, January 20th: Westside Grows and the Wilmington Peacekeepers will host the 8th Annual MLK Peace March and Community Celebration, which starts with a street clean-up co-hosted by the Delaware Nature Society. Participants will meet at 10 a.m. at Be Ready Jesus is Coming CDC, at 1411 West 4th Street, to start the clean-up, which will be followed by the march at 2 p.m. The march, led by the Wilmington Peacekeepers, will start at the Dickerson Center, 718 North Monroe Street, and continue to West End Neighborhood House, at 710 North Lincoln Street, where the celebration will be hosted at 3 p.m. This year's theme is L.O.V.E. Communities: Let Our Voices Empower Communities. For more information contact Calvin at cbland@westsidegrows.org.
  • Monday, January 20th: The Delaware Art Museum, at 2301 Kentmere Parkway, will sponsor a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service beginning at 11 a.m. The public is invited to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King through art and service in partnership with One Village Alliance and Raising Kings. The event is FREE though donations are accepted.
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