Davidson to host 3rd Annual MLK Celebration Brunch

UPPER DARBY, Jan. 14 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, announced she and Upper Darby Mayor Barbarann Keffer will host the 3rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20 at Upper Darby Post 214 American Legion, 6914 Chestnut St.

The event is open to the public, but people must pre-register by calling Davidson’s office to secure their seat.

Davidson said, “This event celebrates Dr. King’s legacy and the rebirth of passionate civic engagement and activism, and their goals of economic and social justice for all Americans. There are few places in the world that have the deep connection to his work and his message than what we have here in Delaware County. That is why it is particularly important for us to recognize this day and honor those who are still fighting to keep his dream alive and make it a reality for everyone.”   

According to Davidson, the event will celebrate the late Dr. King’s ties to Chester and Delaware counties, where the foundation was laid for the man he would become and the movement he would lead. He was a student at Upland’s Crozier Theological Seminary and found a lifelong mentor in the Rev. J. Pius Barbour of Chester’s Calvary Baptist Church. During this time, King also heard a speech in Philadelphia on Gandhian non-violent resistance, which electrified him. 

In a speech given at Calvary Baptist Church in 1949, King said, “As long as each individual refuses to accept his moral responsibility, there can never be any hope for a better life, either for him or the world.”

The MLK event will feature a brunch and the 3rd Annual “Judge Carolyn H. Nichols Drum Major for Justice” award ceremony that recognizes local civil rights activists. The award is named after one of the highest-ranking African American female justices ever elected to the Pennsylvania bench.

This year, the recipient of the award will be Judge Nusrat Rashid, the first black female and Muslim woman elected to Delaware County Common Pleas Court.

Dr. King’s legacy of empowerment of people of color can be seen in Davidson’s own rise in the Pennsylvania legislature.

Davidson is the first African American woman to head the powerful Democratic Southeastern Delegation in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The election marked the latest in firsts for Davidson, who was also the first Democrat, the first African American and the first woman to represent the 164th Legislative District, as well as the first Delaware County woman ever elected to the state House. She also chairs the Democratic Women’s Caucus and is a member of the bipartisan Ladies of the House Caucus. 

Davidson has taken up Dr. King’s work in her commitment to social and economic justice issues. She credits her personal success and legislative commitment to helping the underdog to her experiences of being raised by a single mother in Philadelphia who taught her the importance of ignoring the naysayers, valuing hard work and giving back to her community.

Davidson is celebrating 10 years of service to the 164th legislative district in the PA House of Representatives.

For more information about the event, call Davidson’s office at 610-259-7016 or email HTunis@pahouse.net.