35th Annual Memorial Service Event Information
Join the Abington Township Board of Commissioners in celebrating the life and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr..The event brings together elected officials, community leaders, students and residents to reflect on his message of justice, cooperation and understanding of all people.
After the service, a " Be the Match" event has been organized for Abington Township resident and high school senior Juwan Adams. Mr. Adams is need of a life-saving stem cell transplant and potential bone marrow donors can take a simple mouth swap to find out if they are a match! No pre-registration is required. For more information, please see below.
Please note, this year's event will be held at the Abington Junior High School Little Theater.
- Date: Monday, January 20, 2020
- Time: 12 PM noon
- Location: Abington Junior High School Little Theater
- 2056 Susquehanna Road, Abington, PA 19001
- Abington Senior High School
- Highland Elementary School
- McKinley Elementary School
35th Annual Memorial Award
Wilco Electronics Systems, Inc.
- Mr. Will F. Daniel, President
- Mrs. Brigitte Daniel-Corbin, Executive Vice President
Mr. John Hill, Community Activist
Rabbi Glanzberg-Krainin, Beth Sholom Congregation of Elkins Park
"Be the Match" Event for Juwan Adams
Juwan Adams is an Abington Township resident and Abington High School senior with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Mr. Adams is in need of a stem cell transplant to save his life. The Township has organized an event immediately following the memorial service, where potential bone marrow donors can do a simple mouth swap to learn if they are a life-saving match. No registration is required and kits will be available at the memorial service. Individuals not attending the service who would like to be tested are welcome to participate anytime after 12:15 PM. To learn more bone marrow donations, please visit www.join.bethematch.org.
Recent articles about Juwan's story include:
Past Years' Event Information
Community Leaders Come Together to Celebrate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy
Abington, PA- Abington Township Board of Commissioners held its 34th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Service event on January 21, 2019. The event hosted at Abington Senior High School, brought together elected officials, community leaders, students and residents to reflect on the message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his call for justice, cooperation and understanding of all people.
The event included remarks by Congresswoman Madeleine Dean, State Senator Art Haywood’s office, State Representative Benjamin Sanchez, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Montgomery County Commissioner Chair Dr. Valerie Arkoosh and Montgomery County Commissioner Vice- Chair Kenneth Lawrence. The remarks were united in their call to end discrimination and injustices against all people and a commitment to work towards a more just and fair tomorrow both socially and economically. Remarks were followed by beautiful tributes from Abington School District’s, Rydal Elementary School, Overlook Elementary School and Abington Junior High School, who did musical performances and reflections in honor of King’s life.
The event also included musical performances by Salem Baptist Church, the “No Place for Hate Pledge” led by Mrs. Shirley Dennis and Deputy Chief, Kelley Warner of the Abington Police Department, benediction by McKinley Memorial Baptist Church and recognition of two outstanding award recipients and Abington Township natives, Honorable Kelley B. Hodge, Esq. and Mr. Bernard Griggs, Jr.
The Honorable Kelley B. Hodge, Esq. received the 34th Annual Memorial Award for her promotion of harmony, cooperation and understanding throughout the community. Introduced by Cheltenham Treasurer, Napoleon Nelson, Ms. Hodge was the first African American woman to serve as District Attorney in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the City of Philadelphia. She has worked to improve communities near and far through her efforts as a Title IX coordinator for the University of Virginia, appointment as a Safe School Advocate under former Governor Tom Corbett, and her important work at the District Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia. Her keynote speech emphasized the importance of believing in yourself and one another, justice, perseverance, and love.
The Special Recognition Award recipient was Mr. Bernard Griggs, Jr., for his work on economic equality as a business representative for the Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL- CIO. In this capacity, Mr. Griggs represents over 80,000 union workers of all backgrounds to ensure that they receive just and fair compensation regardless of gender, nationality, race, religion, etc. He also sits and has served on several prestigious committees, task forces, etc. at the local, county and state level, where he has used his leadership to advance the ideals of Martin Luther King, Jr. This award was presented by Anthony Luker, Education Outreach Specialist for the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General.
The Memorial Service would not have been possible without the assistance of the School District, community leaders, elected officials and township staff. Next year’s 35thAnnual Memorial Service will be held on Monday, January 20, 2020 at 12:00 PM at the Abington Senior High School Auditorium.
To view the Memorial Service program: CLICK HERE
Click the underlined links below to watch:
- The full Memorial Service
- Memorial Service Highlights: