Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Dr Martin Luther King Jr Celebration - Chase Center on the Riverfront Wilmington Delaware

Another fine year for the City of Wilmington and surrounding areas to merge to the riverfront for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration event. The weather was bitterly cold on Sunday, but warmed up beautifully to allow children, parents and grandparents to come enjoy the activities.
Over thirty children from kindergarten through high school were among the winners of various art and essay contests. Many children from local schools participated and even one child from the West Coast entered. Yes, you read it correctly... the West Coast. They had come across the contest while doing research via the internet of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and promptly submitted their entry. I can't recall if they won, but it seems this Wilmington event has gone national.
I photographed all of the winners, dignitaries and event core team with the keynote speaker, Judge Hatchett. The very one from the TV series. Of course, I found a nice photographer in the mass of parents and grandparents to take a photo of me with the judge. I would imagine that we photographers spend all of our time on the creative side of the lens missing such key moments of ourselves in the moment... not this time.
The Judge's speech was a dose in old southern Baptist church. If she didn't mention she was from Georgia, I would have sworn she was from home state Louisiana. She was so personnel and inviting with the stories and points she pulled from her life's journey.
Here's a slideshow of the event highlights which you can enjoy. Give it a moment to load if the space below here is blank.

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