Today, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., hundreds of thousands of people across the nation will participate in the Martin Luther King Day of Service. The idea to spend the day working on community projects and giving back in the name of the great 1960s civil rights leader was born in Philly more than 20 years ago. It has since spread across the country, but this region still hosts the biggest event. The hub is at Girard College, and there are more than a hundred other ways you can get involved. Here's the map of events on the MLK Day of Service site, and here's a list of relevant local events on Facebook. Many of Philly's Rebuild sites are also hosting volunteer opportunities (Parks & Rec has a map).
Dr. King had several ties to the Philly area. As a young man, he studied at the Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester while auditing classes at Penn. He returned several times later in life, to give speeches, dedicate churches and attend rallies. Curbed has a map of 13 of these locations, and here's video of Dr. King's August 1965 visit to Girard College, where he spoke to demonstrators protesting the school's whites-only rule. It was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court three years later.
Last year around this time, our new President was being inaugurated. Philly responded with a flood of protests and actions, among them a giant MLK Day march that brought thousands to the streets. It began at the Independence Mall President’s House, which commemorates the site of the first executive mansion and the slaves who worked there, and finished at Mother Bethel AME Church. That Society Hill place of worship is where, in January 1817, some 3,000 free African Americans gathered to publicly denounce a plan to deport free blacks to West Africa.
Sazon restaurant co-owner and Philly native Robert Campbell has been creating bean-to-bar chocolate. He'll demonstrate how, and talk about the ways you can use cacao and chocolate as a vehicle for flavor, nutrition and energy. Expect tastes from his line of single-origin bars, pours of drinking chocolate, and lots of cacao knowledge
Where: Independence LIVE! at 1919 Market St., 2nd Floor, 19103
When: January 23, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
How much: $10