MLK National Holiday Program resumed after COVID hiatus
After a two-year, COVID-related hiatus, Delaware State University and the local Inner City Cultural League resumed its annual Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday Program on Jan. 16.
The well-attended event – held in the Education and Humanities Theatre – featured inspired remarks from Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester, Gov. John Carney, State Sen. Trey Paradee, and Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen. Their messages led up to the program’s keynote speaker – Delaware Secretary of Labor Karryl D. Hubbard.
“Dr. King always knew that the struggle for civil rights was intertwined with economic opportunity,” Secretary Hubbard said. Noting the challenges of the present day, she added, “Everyone in Delaware should and across the country should have access to a living wage, worker benefits and working conditions that allow them to provide for themselves.”
The MLK Jr. National Holiday Program also featured musical performances by the University’s Concert Choir, the Academy of Dover Choir, the Sankofa String Orchestra and the Sankofa Drum and Dance group.