Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Service

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35th Annual Memorial Service Reflection

Abington Township Board of Commissioners held its 35th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Service event on January 20, 2020. The event included remarks from elected officials and community leaders, including Congresswoman Madeleine Dean, State Senator Art Haywood’s office, State Representative Benjamin Sanchez, Dr. Jeffrey Fecher, and Rabbi Glanzberg- Krainin, tributes by Abington Senior High School, Highland Elementary School and McKinley Elementary School, musical performances by Salem Baptist Church, and recognition of outstanding community leaders and organizations. Remarks and tributes were united in their message to work towards equality, peace, and justice for all and called to end of discrimination.

Award recipients included two Tuskegee Airmen of the Philadelphia Chapter, Dr. Eugene Richardson Jr. and Mr. Nathan O. Thomas, community activist, Mr. John C. Hill, and Wilco Electronics Systems, Inc. The Tuskegee Airmen were the nation’s first black fighter pilots to see combat during World War II and helped forward the integration of African Americans into all sectors and positions within the military through President Truman’s 1948 executive order ending segregation in the military. Dr. Eugene Richardson, Jr. and Mr. Nathan O. Thomas both served courageously in the war and were commended for their commitment and dedication to their country despite unjust barriers to their success and for paving a path for future generations.   

Mr. John C. Hill was recognized for his volunteerism and community activism in Abington. Mr. Hill served his community through his leadership at church, local civic associations, and Montgomery County Democratic Committee, as well as participation and mentorship in the Delaware Valley National Technical Association, After School Independent Learning Institute Program, and Council of Independent Black Institutions. For the past 95 years, Mr. Hill has made a tremendous impact on his community and has influenced the lives of many.

Wilco Electronic Systems, Inc. (Wilco) is one of the only African- American privately owned cable operations in the nation that provides affordable cable and technology services to low-income communities, commercial, governmental, and educational institutions for over 30 years. Founded by Mr. Will F. Daniel and under the leadership of Mrs. Brigette Daniel-Corbin, Wilco continues to works towards ending the digital divide in disadvantaged communities through the use of emerging technologies, private/public partnerships, and innovative solutions. The Daniel’s family commitment to serving the underprivileged and working to end the digital divide is representative of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's. call for equality and a contributing factor to Wilco’s selection as a 35th Annual Memorial Award recipient.

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 36thAnnual Memorial Service will be held on Monday, January 18, 2021, at noon at the Abington Senior High School Auditorium. 


35th Annual Memorial Video

MLK Highschool Poem Tribute
MLK High School Choir Tribute
MLK School Tribute
MLK School Tribute Choir


Past Years' Event Information