Our (Untraditional) Traditional Martin Luther King Celebration

Our very first formal celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. took place back in January 1981, with Reverend Addison as guest speaker. The following year, the Reverend William H. Gray, III, U.S. Representative from Philadelphia, was the events guest speaker. In 1983, Reverend Ralph Abernathy of Ebenezer Baptist Church, leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, came to speak. As in 1981, a community choir was organized to sing at these events. Mary Alice Nutter sang a solo for the 1982 program, while Eric Nutter was the soloist in 1983. In 1983 as in 1981 an “international food bazaar” provided dinner and refreshments before the program. It was then that the event took the title that still remains: The Annual Martin Luther King Celebration.

In 2021, we’ll mark our 41st Annual Martin Luther King Celebration and it will be unlike any other to date. Even with the impending announcement of a possible vaccine, the committee deemed that a large, in-person event should not be planned for this year. Instead, with the generous support of Gettysburg College, yard signs commemorating some of the inspiring words of Dr. King, will be made available for purchase by members of the community. Samples of the signs can be seen in the lobby of the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County as well as on the YWCA’s website, SCAAP website, and the Gettysburg College Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Order your signs online right here, where you will also have the option of downloading a form which can then be printed and mailed in. If you’d prefer, signs can be ordered by phone via our membership desk anytime Monday through Friday, from 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. Call 717.334.9171. Once ordered, signs may be picked up at the desk during those same hours, after January 4

You may also order signs by calling or texting YWCA Mission Enhancement Director Nancy Lilley at 717.253.2176 or emailing nlilley@ywcagettysburg.org.