Senior centers feature MLK commemorations, celebrations
The upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 15 celebrates the life and legacy of this civil rights icon and encourages people to do acts of services as he had called for during his lifetime. Many local senior community centers are honoring the spirit of Dr. King in advance with special activities. Here are highlights for some celebrations taking place on Friday, Jan. 12 at several of the senior centers which receive funding support from Philadelphia Corporation for Aging. (Note: The centers are closed on Jan. 15 due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service federal holiday).
Center in the Park (5818 Germantown Avenue 19144): 1- 2:30 p.m.: Showing of the film “Selma” and discussion. For information: 215-848-7722
St. Charles Senior Community Center – CHCS (1941 Christian St. 19146): 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Celebration includes singing African- American spirituals and music of the civil rights era, a history trivia quiz about the civil rights era and the life of Dr. King, and a chance to share personal experiences of your life during the civil rights era and the dreams you have today. Enjoy music and dancing after the program. For information: 215-790-9530
West Philadelphia Senior Community Center (1016-26 N.41st St. 19104) 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.: Celebration includes singing songs of the civil rights era and a discussion of the life and legacy of Dr. King. For information: 215-386-0379
Senior centers offer many opportunities for enjoyable and educational programs year-round. Click here to find a center near you.
CAPTION: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. addresses an estimated crowd of 250,000 at the 1963 March on Washington.
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