The YWCA is a member of the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee, which plans Gettysburg’s annual event to honor Dr. King’s legacy. The 38th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will be held Monday, January 22 at the Gettysburg College Christ Chapel from 7-8:30 p.m. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend!
This year’s event will feature keynote speaker, Dr. Mary Frances Berry, an author, educator and historian. For over four decades, Berry has been one of the most recognized and respected voices in our nation’s civil rights, gender equality and social justice movements. Serving as Chairperson of the US Civil Rights Commission, Berry led the charge for equal rights and liberties for all Americans over the course of four Presidential administrations. A trailblazer for women and African Americans alike, she also became the first woman of any race to head a major research university, serving at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her vision of social freedom and equality alongside her wisdom and candor, assure her place in the future agenda of America. With fierce determination, Berry never backs down. She continues to speak boldly for those who can’t speak for themselves.
The evening will also include performances by the Morgan State University Choir, the Gettysburg High School Chorus, the Chamber Chorale of the Gettysburg Children’s Choir, and a prelude by the Biglerville High School Jazz Band at 6:30. The celebration also features a presentation of the Living the Dream Award, sponsored by the YWCA and United Way of Adams County. The 2017 Living the Dream Award was presented to Adrienne Camel.
The YWCA is also the host site for the United Way of Adams County’s annual DAY ON of service, held each January on King’s birthday. Call Vickie Corbett at 717-334-5809 for more information on how you can get involved.