Martin Luther King Jr. celebration in Sussex set for Jan. 13-15

GEORGETOWN – The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Organization, Sussex County, Inc. will hold its 26th Annual Commemorative Weekend Celebration in honor of the late civil rights leader, Jan. 13-15, 2018.

Morning festivities will begin on Saturday, Jan. 13, with a parade in Lewes at 11 a.m.  Individuals and organizations are invited to participate.

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At 4:30 p.m. that same day, the annual banquet will be held at the Cheer Community Center, located at 20520 Sand Hill Road in Georgetown.

Organizers have announced that the keynote speaker will Dr. Tony Allen, the newly appointed provost at Delaware State University.

The celebration will conclude on Monday, Jan. 15 with a holiday community worship service at Long Neck United Methodist Church, located at 32071 Long Neck Road, Millsboro.  The Rev. Cynthia Daniels of Friendship Baptist Church, Lewes, DE will bring the message accompanied by the Friendship Baptist Choir.

The 2018 theme is “Speak Up!  Let Us Not Be Silent About Things That Matter.”

Organizers say that in these times of turmoil, division and uncertainty, “we must all lift our voices in support of the values of peace, love, unity and equality espoused by Dr. King.  As he once said: ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.  Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.’”

Banquet tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for children age 12 and under. Tickets are available by advance sales only. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Deadline to purchase tickets is Jan. 4, 2018. A souvenir booklet will be prepared for this event.

For more information or to purchase tickets or souvenir booklet ads contact: Janie Miller 227-3118 or Don Peterson (703) 963-1871 or

For parade information call Alphonso Miller 227-3531.

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