2020 Pan-Methodist MLK Day Celebration

December 20, 2019
Every third Monday in January, we pause to reflect and honor the great legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The impact of his life’s work continues to touch lives today and we are forever grateful for his relentlessness efforts to ensure civil and voting rights for all.
Congregations representing The United Methodist Church, African Methodist Episcopal Church, African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, have come together once again this year to share in the planning and preparation for our 2020 Martin Luther King Day Celebration. Our celebration will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at Quinn Chapel AME Church, 1901 West Chestnut Street at 1:00 pm (ET) and the theme is “Faith Communities in the Midst of the Dream.” Our speaker will be Rev. Vincent James, Pastor of Elim Baptist Church and other pastors and laity representing our Ecumenical community will participate in the worship service. This year, we are forming a Pan Methodist Choir and we are asking church choir members to contact us to join the choir. Rehearsals are being scheduled.
Because we want children to appreciate the sacrifices that others have made for them, again this year prior to the service, we will have a re-enactment of the Civil Rights March and we are asking that youth groups make signs focusing on the struggle to use in the march. Please arrive at the church at 12:30 pm (ET) to prepare for the march. We are asking the youth ministry leaders at each church to also encourage your youth and children to participate in the poster and essay contest.  
Please see the form to nominate a youth and an adult for our Pan Methodist Civil Rights Award. This person should be one who has served in the Pan Methodist Church and made significant contribution to civil rights/voting rights. Look for the due date on the form.
We invite you and your congregation to join us and to publicize the event at your church.  
We look forward to coming together to remember and celebrate this “drum major” for justice, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. May we be encouraged to continue this very important work.

Please contact Ida Suggs at
or Jan Brown-Thompson at msjanbt@aol.com for further information.