The Seventh Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon
Saturday, January 14, 2017
11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
2910 Delkab Pike, East Norriton, PA
On Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 11:30am, the Salem Baptist Church of Jenkintown in partnership with Commissioner Josh Shapiro, Chairman of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners will host its 7th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Luncheon. This year’s Luncheon is once again themed “The Eternal Flame”, as we continue to explore the work of Dr. King and recommit to his dream.
MLK Luncheon Co-Chair, Marshall Mitchell, applauded Salem's efforts to expand the luncheon's sphere of influence by making it more diverse and embracing the totality of stakeholders in the civic, religious, academic, and corporate communities. He continued, "Dr. King's looming influence and current societal necessities demanded a refocusing of our effort to remember, inspire, and achieve excellence and equality in the world," said Mitchell. "Society is no longer a monolith of black or white. Modern times demand innovation, mutuality, and a global perspective. Expanding our efforts beyond religion, class, and traditional boundaries is an acknowledgment that equality is a moving and ever-evolving target."
The keynote address at this year’s luncheon will be deliveredby Dr. John Silvanus Wilson, Jr., 11th President of Morehouse College. Prior to becoming President of Morehouse College in 2013, Dr. Wilson was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as the Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs), a position he held since 2009.
Additionally, Salem will honor three individuals who have honored Dr. King’s legacy through their professional and civic achievements:
- Humanitarian Award Recipients
Brian and Shandai Jenkins, Co-Founders of Chosen 300 Ministries, Inc.
- Trailblazer Award Recipient
Wynn Thomas, 1st African American Production Designer in the history of films
- Business Award Recipients
Rashida and Terrance Baldwin, Owners of Lily of the Valley Cupcakery and Café
Tickets to the luncheon are $65.00 and can be purchased online. For more information please call Salem Baptist Church at 215-884-7664.
About Salem Baptist Church of Jenkintown
The Salem Baptist Church of Jenkintown was founded in 1884 at 506 Division Street in the home of Henry and Jane Porter. Under the leadership of the Rev. J.D. Brooks, pastor of the Enon Baptist Church in Philadelphia, the church was given the name Salem, which means a place of peace. The Rev. J. D. Brooks assisted the establishment of Salem until it was able to provide for the needs of a regular pastor. As time went on, Salem outgrew the Porter's home and began worshiping in the Lyceum Building on Old York Road. Through the years, Salem has welcomed into its ministries: Martin Luther King, Jr., Samuel Proctor, Leon Sullivan, Jesse Jackson, Wyatt Tee Walker, Rosa Parks, John Lewis, Andrew Young, William H. Gray, III, Michael Eric Dyson, Pricilla Evans, Susan Johnson Cook and Louise Williams Bishop. For the complete history of the Salem Baptist Church of Jenkintown, order the official history book, "The Salem Baptist Church of Jenkintown: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" by Genester Nix Wilson.
About Reverend Marshall Paul Hughes Mitchell
Marshall Paul Hughes Mitchell is the 11th pastor of the Salem Baptist Church of Jenkintown. Called to pastor Salem in September of 2012, Pastor Mitchell brings to Salem a wealth of executive level professional experiences that inform his work, service, and pastorate. He deftly melds secular business acumen with spiritual accountability and promise. In 2008, Mitchell founded Different Drummer as an alternative and innovative voice in Hollywood’s film industry.
Prior to Different Drummer’s creation, Mitchell served as the Executive Vice President of Wilberforce University. Mitchell was a co-author of New York State’s charter school law in 1998, the board chairman of the state’s first charter school, Sisulu Public Charter School, and has been involved in education on an ongoing basis for nearly 20 years. In 1994, Mitchell was appointed Chief of Staff to US Representative Floyd Flake, making him the youngest chief of staff at the time on Capitol Hill. Mitchell developed a deft ability to balance bipartisan interests in the pursuit of public policies that benefitted urban communities, capital markets, and consumers at the same time. Specifically in the area of community development finance and financial market liberalization, Mitchell assumed leadership roles. Mitchell always sought a balance between the interests of both markets and consumers, seeking to grow wealth, opportunity, and access simultaneously.