United Way of York County hosts Downtown Positive Art Initiative on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

File photo; A drawing of Martin Luther King, Jr. was displayed as part of a 2011 celebration of Black History Month sponsored by the York Art Association and Crispus Attucks Youthbuild Charter School Partnership.

In conjunction with the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, United Way of York County will host the Second Annual Downtown Positive Art Initiative. Local works of art will be on display at York City Hall and throughout York beginning Jan. 22. Artists were asked to incorporate King’s “I have a dream” message, the importance of community involvement and United Way’s message to “Live United.”

Students from West York Area High School, Dallastown Area High School, William Penn Senior High School, Northeastern High School and Middle School and York Jewish Community Center’s Art Program contributed pieces. A mural created by local artist Tiedra Marshall and painted by a number of volunteers will be on display at City Hall.

Art can be seen at the following agencies and businesses: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Child Care Consultants, New Hope Ministries, Bell Socialization, MidPenn Legal Services, York Jewish Community Center, YorKitchen, Family First Health, Central Family Restaurant, Sovereign Bank Stadium, Kimman’s, Park Street Pantry, Cherrie Anne Designs and CPC Head Start

Check out more MLK Day events on the jump.

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Crispus Attucks Association, 605 S. Duke St., York, will host a day of service Jan. 21. The program starts with a breakfast and tribute at 8:30 a.m. Community service projects will run 10 a.m. to noon. A bagged lunch and closing will follow. For details, call 717-848-3610 or visit crispusattucks.org.

Attend the MLK Candlelight March, which starts 6:15 p.m. Jan. 21 at Elizabethtown College, One Alpha Drive, Elizabethtown. Marchers will gather at Blue Bean in Brossman Commons. Afterward, various community and college performers will celebrate King’s legacy through music, dance and spoken word in Leffler Chapel and Performance Center.

Dr. Angela Davis will present a lecture titled “The Prison Industrial Complex and the Implications for Dr. King’s Dream” 7 p.m. Jan. 22 in Leffler Chapel and Performance Center at Elizabethtown College. Davis is the author of nine books and has lectured throughout the world. Tickets are free but are required for admission. Order them by calling 717-361-4757.

HACC Lancaster and the YWCA of Lancaster host a forum titled “ISM & Issues in a Diverse Nation in Celebration of MLK Day” 12:15 p.m. Jan. 23 in the East Building at the Lancaster Campus, 1641 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster. A panel of speakers will address the sources of inequalities and refreshments will be served. Register at www.hacc.edu. For details, call 717-358-2858.

Millersville University will host a Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration with civil rights activist and author Ruby Bridges 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 in the Winter Center for the Visual and Performing Arts on campus, 1 S. George St., Millersville. The event is free and open to the public. For details, call 717-872-3090.

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