THE MLK CommUNITY breakfast typically gets sold out and is held at the Red Clay Room in Kennett Square.

KENNETT SQUARE—The 18th Annual Breakfast, as part of the entire MLK CommUNITY Day, is scheduled to be held on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. Tickets are on sale now for this very popular celebration event.

“The Board of Directors of the MLK CommUNITY has been working hard since the summer on the entire day’s events,” says Carol Black, Board President. “We are excited to continue the vision of our founder, Mabel L. Thompson, to create a beloved community in the Greater Southern Chester County area,” says Black.

The speaker for the MLK Breakfast will be Dr. Brenda Allen, President of Lincoln University, whose keynote theme will be “Diversity Is Our Strength.” A noted psychologist and first alumna to lead the historic university, Dr. Allen has previously served as Provost at Winston Salem State University, Associate Provost and Director of Institutional Diversity at Brown University and in numerous academic and administrative positions at Smith College and Yale University. Dr. Allen will share her thoughts on Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and the positive vision she also has of a nation made stronger by embracing diversity and committed to working together for peace, justice and equality for all.

J. Philip Thompson, currently the Deputy Mayor of the City of New York, will return home as Master of Ceremony of the Breakfast in tribute to his late mother, Mabel Latta Thompson, and to Dr. King’s legacy of hope and love that continues to inspire him.

The MLK CommUNITY Day started with a breakfast that Mabel organized to help realize a longstanding dream. The organization has grown tremendously from the breakfast to a day of sharing (service), food and cash drives to benefit Kennett Area Community Service Food Cupboard and the West Grove Bridge Food Pantry, as well as scholarships, book sales, coffee and conversation fellowships, and much more. “Our mission is to revitalize in our community Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of peace and harmony among all people,” says Black. “We are thrilled that our community can gather ‘round once again this January”.

The community may also participate in Dr. King Day of Sharing by bringing non-perishable food items to the Breakfast to help feed the hungry in our area and by contributing coins to our ‘Change for Change’ program at the Franklin Mint Credit Union on Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square, on Saturday, January 19, 2019,” says Black.

Volunteer opportunities are available and sponsorships are on a first-come-first-served reservation. To find out how you can volunteer during any part of this wonderful community event, be a sponsor for the breakfast, or to purchase tickets for the breakfast, visit the website at: or send an email to And, follow them on Facebook at

About MLKCommunity: For many years, a non-profit service organization with a vision to create a beloved community in the Greater Southern Chester County that provides opportunities for fellowship, service, justice, and the eradication of poverty. MLKCommunity is a tax exempt, charitable organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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