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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast

35th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast

Over the past five years, we have been faced with constant change. And so have our community’s children. From school shootings and racism to simmering anger from parent groups and the endless challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the youngest among us are dealing with unprecedented struggles.

The annual Crispus Attucks Community Center MLK Breakfast is a time for the community to come together, to foster relationships, to dialogue around the life and legacy of Dr. King, and to confront issues of inequity and injustice. This event, the Center’s largest fundraiser, annually raises $100,000 in critical funds for the Center, nearly 1/3 of the its yearly budget.

While we have been virtual for the past two years, for 2023 we are planning an in-person return to Millersville University with the addition of a livestream option. And we are excited to announce our 2023 featured speaker and theme. On Monday, Jan. 16, to celebrate the 35th annual MLK Breakfast, we will welcome Dr. Marc Lamont Hill back to Lancaster for “And How Are The Children … Now?” You may remember Dr. Hill from the 2018 MLK Breakfast. He is one of our most highly-regarded past speakers, and we feel his background and experience will be extremely impactful at this moment in time.

“And How Are The Children?” is a traditional greeting passed amongst the Masai in Kenya. The greeting acknowledges the high value of children and their wellbeing, and it acts as a barometer to how our community and society is fairing. The goal is to always be able to answer the greeting with “All the children are well.” Given the increased challenges currently facing young people, Dr. Hill will give us a deeper look into how we can collectively work to build a better community and world, one where we can truly answer, “All the children are well.”

Pedro Rivera, Thaddeus Stevens College President, is this year’s honorary event chair.

The event will be emceed by Jeremy Jenkins, WGAL-TV.

Monday, January 16, 2023 

Ville Courts in the Student Memorial Center at Millersville University

7-8 a.m. Registration, coffee & networking

8-9:30 a.m. Program & Breakfast

CLICK HERE to view the digital program

If you will be tuning in to the live stream, we would recommend joining us at 8 a.m. for the welcome, performance of Lift Every Voice & Sing, and invocation. We will then break for breakfast and resume around 8:30 a.m.

Keynote Speaker – Dr. Marc Lamont Hill

A Philadelphia native, Dr. Hill is currently the host of BET News and a political contributor for CNN. Dr. Hill is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, GLAAD, and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. He is the Steve Charles Professor of Media, Cities, and Solutions at Temple University.

Prior to that, he held positions at Columbia University and Morehouse College. A social justice activist and organizer, he is a founding board member of My5th, a non-profit organization devoted to educating youth about their legal rights and responsibilities. He is also a board member and organizer of the Philadelphia Student Union. Dr. Hill also works closely with the ACLU Drug Reform Project, focusing on drug informant policy.

He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and he is the author or co-author of four books: the award-winning Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life: Hip-Hop Pedagogy and the Politics of Identity; The Classroom and the Cell: Conversations on Black life in America; the New York Times bestseller Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on The Vulnerable from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond; and Gentrifier. He has also published two edited books: Media, Learning, and Sites of Possibility; and Schooling Hip-Hop: New Directions in Hip-Hop Based Education.



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If you have any questions about tickets or sponsorships, please call Kristy Aurand at 717.299.7388 x3032 or email


Improving Our Community

We invite you to join us in helping to foster a vibrant, diverse and prosperous community, rich with cultural heritage and educational opportunities by making a gift to Crispus Attucks Community Center.

To do so, please CLICK HERE or text MLK to 243-725

Your gift will help CACC 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.



The volunteer MLK Breakfast Committee is made up of the following individuals:




Dream Maker


Highmark Wholecare

Millersville University of Pennsylvania

Shultz Transportation

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology


Franklin & Marshall College

Highmark/Penn State Health

LNP | Lancasteronline/Steinman Foundation


School District of Lancaster

Shumaker PDT


UPMC Health Plan/UPMC Central Pa. Region

WellSpan Health


Barley Snyder

Capital Blue Cross


Community Services Group

Electron Energy Corporation

Elizabethtown College

GSL Public Strategies Group

Grudi Associates

Lancaster Theological Seminary | Moravian University

Laura Schantz Consulting Associates, LLC.

McKonly & Asbury

M&T Bank

Patients R Waiting


UGI Utilities, Inc.

Walz Group

Woodstream Corporation


Anonymous CAP Board Member

Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home

Commons Company

Danene Sorace, Mayor

Donegal Insurance Group

EG Stoltzfus


The GIANT Company

Gibbel Kraybill & Hess LLP

Groff Funeral and Cremation Services

Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square


North Group Consultants

PPL Electric

RLPS Architects

TCW Computer Systems/Glick Audio & Video


Univest Financial

Work Wisdom

For more information on sponsorships, please contact: 

Kristy Aurand • Phone: 717-299-7388, ext. 3032 • Email:


About Crispus Attucks Community Center

Since the late 1920s, the Crispus Attucks Community Center has been an anchor in Southeast Lancaster City. The Center 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 and celebrate the African American heritage. For more information, visit

About Community Action Partnership

The Community Action Partnership is Lancaster County’s largest anti-poverty organization, helping income-constrained families move toward economic empowerment. CAP’s service profile interrupts 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