Monthly Archives: January 2016

Excellent Resources From or About Dr. King

As promised, we wanted to share with you a collection of reviewed resources related to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In this selected bibliography, you’ll find resources for children, biographical information about Dr. King, and commentary about his teaching, as well as his own written or recorded work.

We will periodically visit and review these resources throughout the year, so keep checking the blog for updates. We welcome any reflections or insights you glean as well. If you have positive, encouraging and helpful ideas to share, please email bcmPEACE and we’ll partner with you as a guest blogger. We support healthy, non-offensive sharing or testimonials in a spirit of cooperation and community building.

Thank you to the contributors of the ENGLEWOOD REVIEW for compiling this list, and dividing it into four parts — Books by Rev. Dr. King, Books about Rev. Dr. King, Books about the faith of Rev. Dr. King, and children’s resources about Rev. Dr. King. Something for everyone!

Martin Luther King, Jr. – Reading List

Save the Date! Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community 2016

This year, the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community is scheduled for Saturday, May 21 at 9am at HACC’s Main Campus (Wildwood). Registration opens at 7:45am.

47 Health and Human Service organizations will be participating.

Last year over 2,300 walkers turned out to raise money for their charities. This year our goal at bcmPEACE is to raise $15,000. We keep 100% of the money raised because Highmark underwrites all of the event costs and logistical planning.

This event is open to anyone who loves to sponsor bcmPEACE in creative ways. Bring grandma and grandpa, mom and dad, sister and brother, even the baby in the stroller or the teammate with the broken leg in a wheelchair, and help raise money and awareness for Brethren Community Ministries.

Fun at Last Years Walk (1)

Allison Hill MLK Day of Service Brings Out the Best In Us

Since it’s true that “Everybody can be great because anybody can serve,” bcmPEACE partnered with many wonderful local organizations to host a Day of Service in Allison Hill in cooperation with a nationwide day dedicated to community improvement. Houses of worship, organizations, teams, and individuals of all ages and ethnicities- in all 50 states – donated time on Monday, January 18, 2016 to provide services in their neighborhoods.

Dennis Saylor of Brethren Housing Association and Daryn Bullock of First Church of the Brethren

Approximately 160 willing servants attended the Allison Hill MLK Day of Service. The program opened at Harrisburg First Church of the Brethren, which was one of the partner organizations for the event. Other partner agencies include Hamilton Health Center, Latino Hispanic American Community Center, and Tri County Community Action.  Additionally, students from the Netherlands visiting Messiah College came as part of a cross-cultural experience, and volunteers through the YWCA’s YouthBuild program also joined in.

YWCA YouthBuild Volunteers

YWCA YouthBuild Volunteers

Each year, members of the Allison Hill community who teach and model Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s philosophies and ethics are honored with the Drum Major Award from the Corporation for National Community Service. This year Ronald Johnson, Claude Phipps, and the executive director of bcmPEACE, Rev. Ron Tilley, were presented with Drum Major Awards. Pennsylvania Senator Rob Teplitz of the 15th Senatorial District and Harrisburg City Councilman Jeffrey Baltimore participated in the Day of Service.

Drum Major award to Rev Tilley

Senator Rob Teplitz presenting Ron Tilley with a MLK Drum Major for Service Award from the Corporation for National and Community Service

Why a “Drum Major” Award? In 1968, as Dr. King preached, he stated, “Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness; and all of the other shallow things will not matter.”

In the words of Rev. Tilley, “My favorite quote of Dr. King is, ‘We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a garment of single destiny.’ The reality of our existence is that we are interconnected in the most profound manner. That inter-connectedness means that what happens to one of us affects all of us.”

The Allison Hill Day of Service will occur again next year Monday, January 16, 2017. In the meantime, continue following this blog as we introduce our readers to a collection of significant works by or about Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dedicate time in 2016 to study his teachings and how they relate to our current context, and look for other opportunities to serve the community.

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Students and Community Members who worked on their day off to improve the neighborhood