It was during a time of civil unrest in America. Amid racial tension, some turned to violence. In his address, King spoke about challenges the nation faced and urged listeners toward peaceful negotiations. His answer to the question he presented in the title of his speech was simple.
"And I say to you," King told the crowd. "I have also decided to stick with love, for I know that love is ultimately the only answer to mankind's problems."
Times have changed, but violence - linked to drugs and gangs - is still a concern in many communities, including York.
One simple solution the city cooked up was to get people together to talk at the dinner table.
"A lot of times, families don't have dinner (together)," said Edquina Washington, York's director of community relations. "It's important to do that in the community. Everyone's input counts."
On Sunday, York officials and religious leaders are inviting locals to a dinner event in conjunction with America's Sunday Supper 2013 - a national event hosted by RethinkChurch. Washington said this is the first event of its kind in the city. York, she added, picked its own event theme based on King's "Where Do We Go From Here?" speech.
A hot meal will be served as attendees view the 2011 documentary "The Interrupters."
The film depicts how former violent offenders return to Chicago communities to deter youths from joining gangs.
"It can be a jumping off point (for) York, by generally encouraging the community to come together with ideas and solutions in one room," Washington added.
Part of York Mayor Kim Bracey's FaithNet initiative is to spread the word about faith-based programs that work with schools and other organizations, Washington said. The supper, which is hosted in conjunction with The Black Ministers Association of York, will advance that goal by bringing people together to brainstorm, network and collaborate on ways to keep youth out of trouble.
"There are little programs going on throughout the community addressing violence and ... families," Washington said. "Not everyone knows about the programs."
- ERIN McCRACKEN,
If you go
York Mayor Kim Bracey and The Black Minister's Association of York host the 2013 MLK America's Sunday Supper 4 p.m. Sunday at Lincoln Charter School, 559 W. King St., York. The theme of the event is "Where Do We Go From Here?"
It will feature a screening of the documentary "The Interrupters," a warm meal and discussion about how to help community youth. The event is free. Due to the strong content of the documentary, those
14 and older are asked to attend. Book donations will be collected for local students in kindergarten through ninth grades.
RSVP to Edquina Washington at 717-849-2200 or
email@example.com by Friday, so organizers can calculate how many meals are needed. Reservations can also be made on the City of York's Facebook page.
Share another meal with neighbors
Tickets are on sale for the 11th annual Taste of York City 6 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Valencia Ballroom, 142 N. George St., York. The night will feature a showcase of downtown dinner options as well as a cocktail reception and auctions to benefit the city's special events fund. Tickets are $54. The event has sold out in the past. For details and tickets, call 717-849-2217 or visit yorkcity.org/atasteofyorkcity.
More MLK Day events
The Abendmusik Concert Series at First Presbyterian Church of York, 225 E. Market St., York, will present the 15th Annual Jazz Vespers, honoring Martin Luther King Jr., 7 p.m. Saturday. The free concert has a snow date of 7 p.m. Jan. 20. A free-will offering will be taken during intermission. Musicians include Jeff Stabley, Diane Wilson, Chris Bacas and Tim Warfield.
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Crispus Attucks Association, 605 S. Duke St., York, will host a day of service Jan. 21. The program starts with a breakfast and tribute at 8:30 a.m. Community service projects will run 10 a.m. to noon. A bagged lunch and closing will follow. For details, call 717-848-3610 or visit crispusattucks.org.
Attend the MLK Candlelight March, which starts
6:15 p.m. Jan. 21 at Elizabethtown College, One Alpha Drive, Elizabethtown. Marchers will gather at Blue Bean in Brossman Commons. Afterward, various community and college performers will celebrate King's legacy through music, dance and spoken word in Leffler Chapel and Performance Center.
Dr. Angela Davis will present a lecture titled "The Prison Industrial Complex and the Implications for Dr. King's Dream" 7 p.m. Jan. 22 in Leffler Chapel and Performance Center at Elizabethtown College. Davis is the author of nine books and has lectured throughout the world. Tickets are free but are required for admission. Order them by calling 717-361-4757.
HACC Lancaster and the YWCA of Lancaster host a forum titled "ISM & Issues in a Diverse Nation in Celebration of MLK Day" 12:15 p.m. Jan. 23 in the East Building at the Lancaster Campus, 1641 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster. A panel of speakers will address the sources of inequalities and refreshments will be served. Register at www.hacc.edu. For details, call 717-358-2858.
Millersville University will host a Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration with civil rights activist and author Ruby Bridges 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 in the Winter Center for the Visual and Performing Arts on campus, 1 S. George St., Millersville. The event is free and open to the public. For details, call 717-872-3090.