Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and DAY ON

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 39th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will be held Monday, January 21 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. Scott Hancock.

Hancock is an associate professor of history and Africana Studies at Gettysburg College. His publications have explored the consequences of black agency as they used the courts and legal system in the north, as well as examining how the intersections of law, geography, and the decisions of African Americans to flee slavery via the Underground Railroad was a primary cause of the Civil War. Scott gives back to the community by working as a coach for the Gettysburg High Boys Soccer Team and by being a tutor through the Adams County Literacy Council.
Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. A freewill offering will be taken to support the Adams County Career Aid Project which provides need-based financial aid to Adams County students.

The evening will also include performances by the Morgan State University Choir, the Chamber Chorale of the Gettysburg Children’s Choir, and a prelude by the Biglerville High School Jazz Band at 6:30 p.m. The celebration also features a presentation of the Living the Dream Award, sponsored by the YWCA and United Way of Adams County.

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 Erin Messinger at 717-334-5809 for more information on how you can get involved.