The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King breakfast enjoys a long tradition in Lancaster County. Each year 700+ community leaders gather to honor Dr. King’s legacy. The 32nd annual iteration of the event, presented by Crispus Attucks, a program of the Community Action Partnership, will be held Monday, Jan. 20, from 7-9 a.m. at Millersville University’s Student Memorial Center. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m.
This year’s theme – Peace in the Presence of Justice: Transforming Communities through Restorative Practices – will feature a keynote by Dr. Fania Davis. One of the Los Angeles Times “New Civil Rights Leaders of the 21st Century,” Dr. Davis is a social justice advocate, a restorative justice practitioner and scholar and a former civil rights attorney. She grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, during the civil rights era and in 2005 founded Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting institutional shifts toward restorative approaches.
The event will include a buffet breakfast, performances, and the presentation of the Essence of Humanity Award, sponsored by the High Foundation, and the Ruby Payne Cook Award. It will be emceed by Ron Martin, WGAL.
- 6:30 am – 7:00 am Coffee and Conversation (networking)
- 7:00 am – 9:00 am Breakfast & Program
Ticket cost: $75 | Table of 10: $750
Keynote Speaker – Fania E. Davis
Fania E. Davis is a leading national voice on restorative justice. She is a long-time social justice activist, civil rights trial attorney, restorative justice practitioner, writer, professor and scholar with a PhD in Indigenous Knowledge. Coming of age in Birmingham, Alabama during the social ferment of the civil rights era, the murder of two close childhood friends in the 1963 Sunday School bombing crystallized within Fania a passionate commitment to social transformation.
For the next decades, she was active in the Civil Rights, Black liberation, women’s, prisoners’, peace, anti-racial violence and anti-apartheid movements. Studying with indigenous healers, particularly in Africa, catalyzed Fania’s search for a healing justice, ultimately leading Fania to bring restorative justice to Oakland, California.
Founding Director of Restorative Justice of Oakland Youth (RJOY), her numerous honors include the Ubuntu award for service to humanity, the Dennis Maloney Award for excellence in Youth Restorative Justice, World Trust’s Healing Justice award, the Tikkun (Repair the World) award, the Ella Baker/Septima Clark Award, the Bioneer’s Changemaker Award, and the Ebony POWER 100 award. She is a Woodrow Wilson fellow and the Los Angeles Times named her a New Civil Rights Leader of the 21st Century.
This event is Crispus Attucks’ largest fundraiser of the year. Sponsorships are currently available and include a reception with Dr. Davis following the breakfast. For sponsorship information, please contact Kristy Aurand, firstname.lastname@example.org or 717.299.7388 ext. 3032.
Lancaster County Community Foundation
Franklin & Marshall College
Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health
Rodgers & Associates
The Steinman Foundation
Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology
Community Services Group
Donegal Insurance Group
GIANT Food Stores
School District of Lancaster
Stevens & Lee
Charles F. Snyder Funeral Homes & Crematory
Lancaster Theological Seminary
Marauder Courts, Student Memorial Center, Millersville University, Millersville, PA
- Follow Route 30 to Route 741 to Route 999 towards Millersville.
- Make left on to George Street.
- Make right at second light onto Frederick Street.
- Make left on to Shenks Lane.
- Event entrance ahead on the left.
PARKING: Parking is available in the surrounding lots. Parking is free and open to the public on the day of the event; no placards needed. Accessible parking and a drop off location are available along Shenks Lane by the event entrance.
GPS/Smartphone Address*: 81 Shenks Lane Millersville, PA 17551
*Event entrance is directly across the street from 81 Shenks Lane.
This event is Crispus Attucks’ largest fundraiser of the year. Sponsorships are currently available and include a reception with Dr. Davis following the breakfast. For sponsorship information, please contact Kristy Aurand, email@example.com or 717.299.7388 ext.3032. Tickets can be purchased online or by contacting Brittany Mitchell, firstname.lastname@example.org or 717.299.7388 ext. 3099.
About Crispus Attucks Community Center
Since 1927, the Crispus Attucks Community Center has been an anchor in Southeast Lancaster City. The organization has a proud history of providing educational and cultural programs to celebrate African American heritage, serving meals to individuals in need, and focusing on youth education and leadership development. Crispus Attucks takes immense pride in its mission to improve the quality of life for youth and families in Lancaster by providing services that promote community prosperity, physical and mental health, and by offering programs and cultural events which preserve the African American heritage.
About Community Action Partnership
The Community Action Partnership is Lancaster County’s largest anti-poverty organization, helping low income families move toward self-sufficiency. CAP’s service profile interrupts inter-generational poverty with programs that support families and individuals at every age and place in life, in the areas of education and child development, health and nutrition, household stability and safety and empowerment. For more information, visit www.caplanc.org.