Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast and Statewide Day of Service

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Dear Colleagues of the Delaware State Bar:

You are cordially invited to attend and participate in the DSBA’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast and Statewide Day of Service which is scheduled to take place on Monday, January 20th, 2020, beginning at 8:00 a.m. at the Chase Center on the Riverfront. Wil Haygood, best-selling author, award-winning journalist and cultural historian, will be the featured speaker during the breakfast. Following the breakfast, the DSBA will be hosting service projects in each county of the state.

To purchase tickets for the breakfast and/or register for a service project, please click on the button above labeled “Register Now.”  Please note that space is limited and registration is required for the breakfast and service projects.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please click the button above labeled “Sponsorship Packages” for more information.

Thank you for your attention and response to this invitation to participate in the DSBA’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast and Statewide Day of Service.  We look forward to seeing each of you at the event.

Respectfully yours,
Samuel D. Pratcher III, Esquire
Reneta L. Green-Streett, Esquire

Featured Speaker: Wil Haygood

Acclaimed Biographer, Pulitzer Prize Finalist, Reporter, and Award-Winning Author of New York Times bestsellers The Butler and Showdown

Best-selling author, prize-winning journalist, acclaimed biographer and cultural historian Wil Haygood tells the story of America through the lens of history, politics, sports, race and the lives of change-making African-Americans. Best known as the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Butler and Showdown, his work has chronicled America’s civil rights journey through acclaimed biographies of Thurgood Marshall, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Sammy Davis, Jr., Sugar Ray Robinson and Eugene Allen, the real-life inspiration for Lee Daniels’ award-winning film, The Butler. Haygood’s latest book, Tigerland: 1968-1969: A City Divided, a Nation Torn Apart, and a Magical Season of Healing tells the uplifting story of teams from a poor, black segregated high school that won two state championships in the same year, uniting a racially charged community in the aftermath of the assassination of Martin Luther King. The Wall Street Journal, praised Haygood’s juxtapositions of race and class against the historic backdrop of the events of 1968-69, declaring Tigerland “a haunting, unforgettable book.”

A storyteller for our times, Haygood has earned high praise for connecting the civil rights movement and its iconic heroes with current events and enduring struggles. Above all, he brings the powerful perspective that this is the history of all Americans, shaping our national identity and common values.

Haygood’s talent for looking at events from multiple points of view comes from his background as a journalist. For thirty years, he was a national and foreign correspondent for the Washington Post and Boston Globe, covering events such as Nelson Mandela’s release from prison after 27 years, the ascent of President Obama, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and his own experience as the hostage of Somali rebels. While at the Globe, he was honored as a Pulitzer Prize finalist for feature writing. The author of eight books, Haygood continues to capture the attention of the media and some of the leading entertainment figures of our time. The Butler (for which he also served as associate producer) drew Academy Award winners Forest Whittaker, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Robin Williams, Vanessa Redgrave, Jane Fonda and Oprah Winfrey and won numerous awards and nominations. His biography of Sugar Ray Robinson, Sweet Thunder, is being adapted for the screen by Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions with Golden Globe winner David Oyelowo (Selma) as Robinson. In Black and White, his biography of Sammy Davis, Jr. is under option to director Lee Daniels. Haygood was also called upon as the go-to biographer of Thurgood Marshall when the biopic MARSHALL drew renewed interest in the life and career of the first African-American Supreme Court Justice.

Born to a poor single mother and raised in the projects, Haygood’s path to Pulitzer recognition, the New York Times bestseller list, Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships, and the upper echelons of Hollywood has defied the odds. He became the first in his family to attend college, studying urban studies and English literature while playing on the junior varsity basketball team at Miami University (Ohio). In 2013, he returned to his alma mater as a Boadway Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence in the Department of Media, Journalism & Film. In the fall of 2018, Haygood debuted his book, Tigerland to the Miami University community at their convocation. For his contributions to the university and society, he was presented with the Miami University President’s medal, the highest honor the university awards. Eight other colleges and universities have also honored Haygood with honorary degrees.

As a speaker, Haygood has been described as “a powerful presence,” “out of this world,” and “hitting exactly the right heart and message.” Not unaccustomed to standing ovations, he leaves audiences inspired, moved and with a deeper, richer understanding of our shared American story.

Service Projects

Emmanuel Dining Room East (Wilmington - 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)

Help serve families in need at Emmanuel Dining Room East, located in Wilmington at 4th and Walnut Streets from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Team Leaders: George R. Tsakataras, Esq. and David B. Anthony, Esq.

2 spots available

Emmanuel Dining Room West (Wilmington - 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)

Help serve families in need at Emmanuel Dining Room West, located in Wilmington at 2nd and Jackson Street from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Team Leaders: George R. Tsakataras, Esq. and David B. Anthony, Esq.

Sold Out!!!

Food Bank of Delaware (Milford - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Help serve families in need by assisting in the Food Bank of Delaware’s volunteer room from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. The Food Bank’s Milford site is located at 1040 Mattlind Way, Milford, DE 19963
PLEASE NOTE: Children who wish to participate must be at least 7 years old.
Team Leader: Reneta L. Green-Streett, Esq.

21 spots available

Food Bank of Delaware (Newark - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Help serve families in need by assisting in the Food Bank of Delaware’s volunteer room from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. The Food Bank’s Newark site is located at 222 Lake Drive, Newark, DE 19702.
PLEASE NOTE: Children who wish to participate must be at least 7 years old.
Team Leader: Wali Rushdan II, Esq.

Sold Out!!!

Friendship House (Wilmington - 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.)

Help with sorting, hanging, and folding donated clothing and other assigned duties. Please dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes. If you have any winter coats you can bring and donate that is always welcome. Volunteers will be standing most of the time. Located at 1603 Jessup Street, Wilmington, DE.
Team Leaders: Christofer C. Johnson, Esq. and Samuel D. Pratcher III, Esq.

2 spots available

Meals on Wheels (Wilmington - 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.)

Help provide hot, nutritious meals to home bound senior citizens throughout the state. This service project will take place at St. Anthony’s Community Center, Inc., located at 1703 W. 10th Street, Wilmington, DE 19805.
PLEASE NOTE: Volunteers will need their own transportation to complete this service project. Carpooling may be available but on a limited basis.
Team Leaders: Kiadii Harmon, Esq., Kate Harmon, Esq., and Mark S. Vavala, Esq.

Sold Out!!!

Ronald McDonald House (Wilmington - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.)

Help the Ronald McDonald House assemble On-the-go Kits for families in need from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. The Ronald McDonald House is located at 1901 Rockland Road, Wilmington, DE 19803.
Team Leader: Michelle Berkeley-Ayres, Esq.

1 spot available

Ronald McDonald House (Wilmington - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.)

Help the Ronald McDonald House put on an evening of fun for deserving families, including an “Ice Cream Social” and “Bingo” from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. The Ronald McDonald House is located at 1901 Rockland Road, Wilmington, DE 19803.
Team Leader: LaKresha Roberts Moultrie, Esq.

2 spots available

Sunday Breakfast Mission (Wilmington - 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.)

Help with food prep, serving lunch to the residents, and clean up at the Sunday Breakfast Mission. This service project will take place at the Sunday Breakfast Mission, located at 110 N. Poplar Street, Wilmington, DE 19801 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Parking: In our side lot OR across the street on the gravel area OR on the street. Upon departure, someone will accompany you to your car to ensure your safety.
Please indicate you are with the Delaware State Bar Association group upon your arrival for the service project.
Team Leaders: Gregory B. Williams, Esq.

6 spots available

Wills for Seniors (Wilmington - 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.)

OPTIONAL TRAINING AVAILABLE
Help the Delaware State Bar Association aid Delaware seniors in need of estate planning services. This service project will take place at the Chase Center from 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
PLEASE NOTE: An optional estates training session for CLE credit will be held on 01/15/2020 at the DSBA at 405 N. King Street, Wilmington, DE 19801 from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Contact Jacquelyn Chacona at jchacona@dvls.org to register.
Team Leaders: Jacquelyn A. Chacona, Esq., Laina M. Herbert, Esq., and Susan Simmon

22 spots available

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Email: MLK@dsba.org or call (302) 658-5279
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Monday, January 20th, 20208:00 AM
Chase Center on the Riverfront815 Justison Street, Wilmington, DE 19801