MLK Mentor Weekend world’s largest celebration of life, work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

| January 13, 2016

500 cities expected to provide mentoring for youth on Dr. King’s Birthday

king with childrenCHICAGO (Courtesy of The Black Star Project USA)—On Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s 2016 Birthday Weekend, The Black Star Project is organizing the largest commemoration of the great civil rights and human rights leader ever. In 500 cities across America, men and women will mentor boys and girls, and young men and young women, on the life and the practices of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  In the spirit of Dr. King, adults and children of all races are encouraged to participate in this event.

Mentoring organizations, pre-schools, elementary schools, high schools, colleges, universities, libraries, park districts, faith-based organizations, fraternities, sororities, military veterans, community organizations, youth organizations, sports teams, street organizations (gangs), men’s fraternal and women’s organizations, youth detainment facilities, homeless shelters, prisons, police stations and other organizations will participate in the amazing weekend of commitment to the ideals of Dr. King and service to their communities.

The MLK Mentor Weekend is scheduled to be a full weekend of activities that will include a viewing of a relevant film or documentary on Friday, performing a community service project on Saturday, attending a spiritual service on Sunday and the actual mentor day on Monday.  The Monday mentoring session will last for two to three hours.

Along with reviewing the work of Dr. King, most sessions will include:

• Exposing Youth to Career Opportunities.

• Exploring Educational Options with Youth.

• Discussing Local and National History and Culture with Youth.

• Motivational Presentations by Guest Speakers.

• Teaching Young People Character Development Using the Six Core Principles of Muhammad Ali.

• Lunch or Snack.

• A Certificate of Completion for Youth Participating in the MLK Mentor Day Session.

Phillip Jackson, executive director of The Black Star Project saids, “With violence in cities escalating and failure in schools increasing, officials have now realized that they cannot be successful developing youth without an intentional and focused mentoring effort.  The societal forces competing for our children’s time and energies are just too strong and unrelenting for youth to overcome without a structured, consistent, positive mentoring program to support them. It is unfortunate and a fact that street gangs ‘run better mentor programs’ than most churches and schools.  Until this changes, we have almost no hope!”

Organizations or cities that wish to register for this mentoring movement or who need more information should call (773) 285-9600 or visit

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Category: Civil Rights, Community, History, National, Unity Day Celebration

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