York City will commemorate Martin Luther King Day by holding a supper event to discuss how to uplift its youth.

The 2014 MLK America's Sunday Supper event is at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at Lincoln Charter School, 559 W. King St.

The free event is presented as part of Mayor Kim Bracey's FaithNet initiative, designed to engage local faith-based organizations to find ways of improving the community.

Bracey said the goal of the event is to honor King's "rich legacy" and "discuss new and current solutions to uplift our youth."

Civil rights leader King was born Jan. 15, 1929, and assassinated April 5, 1968. This year, Martin Luther King Day is Monday, Jan. 20.

Bracey is working with Asbury United Methodist Church to present the Sunday Supper, said Edquina Washington, the city's director of community relations.

Supper details: During the event, attendees will share a meal and then be shown a 54-minute documentary, "The Graduates," which features the educational experiences of six Latino and Latina students.

After watching the documentary, there will be a discussion on how to help local students, Washington said.

She said Bracey also will discuss programs currently available to benefit youths and the importance of continuing efforts to help students overcome challenges they encounter.


"We hope (attendees) gain a better understanding of the challenges our students are experiencing so we can better assist them so that they can go on to a successful adult life and (contribute) to their community," Washington said.

This is the second year for the local MLK America's Sunday Supper. It is a national initiative sponsored by two community improvement organizations - Rethink Church, a Nashville, Tenn.-based United Methodist Church program; and Points of Light, based in Atlanta.

Last year, more than 250 people attended event in York, Washington said.

"Listen to each other": Yvette Davis, pastor of Asbury United Methodist Church at 340 E. Market St., said she hopes the Sunday Supper will help community members build strong and positive relationships with local youths.

"This is an opportunity to be in dialogue with the young people in the city to learn more from them, about how to be there for them, how to make the community safer for them," she said. "We talk about youth, but now it's time to hear directly from (them). It's time for us to listen to each other."

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