To honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King the Wilmington community will come together for a 2nd Annual Clean Up and 8th Annual Peace March and Community Celebration on Monday, January 20, 2020 in the West Side of Wilmington. Sponsored by a broad range of community-based organizations, all events are free and open to the public.
The theme for this year’s event is Let Our Voices Empower Our Communities – L.O.V.E. Our Communities. Let Our Voices Empower Communities means to speak up positively and effectively for change in our community. This year’s event focuses on lifting up the voices of our local Community Leaders, Small Businesses, Artists, and Organizations, all dedicating their lives to embodying the principles for which Dr. King gave his life. Events of the day are being organized with the support of West Side Grows DE, West End Neighborhood House, The Wilmington Peacekeepers, 302 Guns Down/Guerrilla Republik, Public Allies DE, Be Ready Church & CDC, Delaware Nature Society, United Neighbors, Delaware Prevention Coalition and Delaware Humanities.
Community Clean Up: West Side Grows Together, Be Ready CDC and Delaware Nature Society will manage the Annual Community Clean Up to prepare the parade route. Volunteers can meet at 10:00 a.m. at Be Ready Church, 1411 W. 4th St, Wilmington, DE 19805. Supplies will be provided. All are welcome.
“As a child in 1963, I participated in the March on Washington and remember being so moved by Dr. King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. As an adult, it was a revelation to learn about Dr. King’s work for environmental justice,” said DelNature Executive Director Anne Harper. “Delaware Nature Society is honored to celebrate his legacy and help manage the community clean-up of the MLK Day Peace Walk route in Wilmington.”
L.O.V.E Peace March: To honor Dr. King’s legacy of peace and justice and love, the peace march will start at 2:00 p.m. at the Dickerson Center, 718 North Monroe Street, Wilmington, DE. Attendees of all ages will cross the 7th Street Bridge and walk up Fourth Street in a spirited and festive event committed to building a more peaceful world and loving community in Wilmington, DE. The March will be led by the Wilmington Peacekeepers.
L.O.V.E. Community Event: The March will conclude with a Community Celebration at West End Neighborhood House at 710 N Lincoln Street from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Families and participants will learn about the 2020 US Census, Youth Programs, Environmental Efficiency Projects, Mental Health, Literacy Kits, and other programs available at youth centers in the West Side and beyond. Additionally, one of our resource tables, Circa 7, a mental health clothing line, will be sponsoring a clothing drive during the event. On stage, there will be a series of performances by our local performing and visual artists. The emcees will be Jea Street Jr. and Regina Perez. The Community Celebration will focus on bringing the community together around delicious food and connecting attendees to resources. Food will be provided by local favorite restaurants in the West Side: Dominican Cafe, Jalapeno Grille, Christa Bell’s Caribbean Cuisine, and V-Trap Kitchen.
This program is partially funded by a grant from the Delaware Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Delaware Nature Society’s (DelNature) mission is to connect people with the natural world and improve our environment through education, advocacy, and conservation. Founded in 1964, DelNature is a state affiliate for the National Wildlife Federation. We provide the tools for communities to take action and promote the health of the environment through land preservation, wildlife protection, watershed stewardship, and more. We manage over 2,000 acres of land and operate four educational sites: Ashland Nature Center, Abbott’s Mill Nature Center, DuPont Environmental Education Center, and Coverdale Farm Preserve.
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