Martin Luther King Junior

BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore's mayor has retreated from a plan to replace a long-running parade honoring Martin Luther King Jr. with what she described as a day of service.

Mayor Catherine Pugh had planned on cancelling next month's popular parade and launching a day of volunteering that would honor the civil rights leader's legacy. The city is grappling with numerous struggles including a soaring homicide rate and neighborhoods suffering from generational poverty.

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There was singing, dancing, speeches and poems as the Salisbury High School Association put on a three hour event at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center yesterday to mark the Martin Luther King Junior holiday.

Jerome Hudson who hosted the breakfast said that education was the key to the slain civil rights leader’s dream.

18 year old Raekwon Dashield who sang at the event told the Salisbury Daily Times that without King and the civil rights movement he would not be able to perform where he wants before a diverse audience.

Snow Lingers in Region

Jan 19, 2016
Don Rush

There was a blanket of snow on the ground for the Martin Luther King Junior holiday.

Shovels and scrapers were out in force as people swept off driveways and cleaned windshields.

Despite the few inches the region received the frigid temperatures eased with the day’s sunlight.

WBOC reports that the road conditions were manageable with crews salting Salisbury’s seven snow emergency routes on Sunday afternoon.

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Delaware marked Martin Luther King Junior day with parades and ceremonies.

In Wilmington seven high schools held a contest that included speeches, poetry and rap on how King had affected their hopes and dreams.

One 15-year old told the Wilmington News Journal that King was the foundation for a better future.

The event was sponsored by the YWCA Delaware and Christ Church Christiana Hundred.

Meanwhile, the Wilmington Riverside neighborhood saw around a 100 volunteers create a 882 square-foot mural at the Kingswood Community Center depicting their experiences.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden says minority communities around the country need to work to bridge the separation between police and the residents they serve.

Speaking Monday at a breakfast honoring slain civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr., Biden said communities and police departments need to build relationships of trust.

"There's no reason on earth we cannot repair the breach that we've recently seen between law enforcement and minority communities," he said.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and The Johns Hopkins Hospital are celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr. ahead of what would have been the civil rights leader's 86th birthday.

The school of medicine and hospital are hosting an annual commemoration of King's life on Friday. The keynote speaker at the event will be the founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Morris Dees. King's birthday is Jan. 15. He was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

As the nation marks the birthday of Martin Luther King Junior, Delmarva Public Radio Essayist Goerge Merrill considers that this civil rights leader may have saved the soul of a nation.

Valuable images from the life of Martin Luther King Junior are coming to Delaware State University as part of the King Center Imaging Project.

It includes more than 200-thousand facsimiles of a number of the civil rights leader’s papers.

One was written fifty years ago in April – a letter by King from a Birmingham jail cell in Alabama after he led a non-violent demonstration against racial discrimination.

Computer terminals will provide access to the online archive of digitized letter, photographs, sermons and articles from King’s life.