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34th year for the Frankford Breakfast Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Frankford Breakfast Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Day is Monday, 1/20/2020 from 8:30-11am at Frankford Friends School Annex, 1424 Orthodox St, at the corner of Penn & Orthodox Sts.

2020 is the 34th year for the Frankford Breakfast Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and while we will still be serving Breakfast, we will be doing something different with our morning gathering.

This year we are proudly joining with The Ray of Hope Project’s 15th Annual MLK Day of Service project. The founder of The Ray of Hope Project, Frankford’s own Ray Gant, has built relationships with neighborhoods across Philadelphia, with Police and Town Watch, CLIP, Civic Associations, Colleges and Universities, finding ways to bring people together in caring for each other through service to under-served communities.

In addition to helping Ray recruit and coordinate Cleanup Volunteers, the Frankford Coaltion of Neighbors will be serving Breakfast for Volunteers from 9-11:00 am. Volunteers are welcomed to come in, have breakfast, and be directed to Cleanup locations, or to come eat Breakfast after their work is done! Doors open at 8:30am.

We are very excited about this Project, and we hope to see all our Friends and Neighbors come out – if enough of us are out there cleaning, we should be able to get it done quickly, and have time to Break Bread together.

We will also have an indoor Project, assembling packages for ODAAT’s (One Day at a Time) Homeless Outreach program.

Ray chose 10 blocks to be cleaned, starting at 10am. The Frankford Coalition of Neighbors will be doing our best to clean 5 blocks in Frankord, with the addition of the 1500 block of Orthodox, and the 4500 block of Griscom, where Frankford Friends School and John Marshall Elementary School stand.
The Frankford blocks included in the Ray of Hope Clean Up are:

1300 Ruan St
4600 Griscom St
1400 Church St
1300 E. Sellers St
1900 E. Margaret St (with Faith of God Assembly, Pastor Richard Smith)

PLEASE sign up now! Of course, you are welcome to simply appear on 1/20/2020 if you are so moved – & bring friends or family!
To Sign Up, Call or text Janet E. Bernstein at 267-982-9620 or email
Or Call Representative Joseph C. Hohenstein’s District Office 215-744-2600,

Frankford Coalition of Neighbors – Thanks to Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez, PA Rep Joseph C. Hohenstein 177, ODAAT, The Ray of Hope Project, Frankford Friends School, Frankford High School Jr ROTC, Frankford Garden Club.

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27th Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Celebration

Well over 100 people crowded into the Sankofa Freedom Academy on Monday for the 27th Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Celebration sponsored by the Frankford Coalition of Neighbors.  It is a signature Frankford event that brings everyone together.  Coincidentally on the same day as the inauguration of the first African American president, the timing was perfect.  We have a short slide show below along with some comments by Councilwoman María Quiñones-Sánchez.


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Come out and meet the District Attorney and Councilwoman Maria D. Quiñones-Sanchez

Monday, January 21, 2013




The doors open at 8:30 a.m., Program begins at 9:00 a.m.

Free event and meal to all


The Frankford  is a non-profit organization working to improve relations among the diverse economic, racial and ethnic groups in Frankford, while promoting volunteerism and community coalition building.

FOR INFORMATION or to volunteer CONTACT: Jennifer Powell-Folks at (267) 716-0869

**Breakfast sponsored by Councilwoman Maria D. Quiñones-Sanchez, 7th District City Council

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26th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Breakfast Celebration

There is no freedom without justice and so we marked Monday with the celebration of a man who worked for justice for all.  I could not stay for the entire event which was held at the Sankofa Freedom Academy but I did get to catch some pictures of a congenial crowd of folks who came together in celebration.  The Frankford Coalition of Neighbors, with a long list of volunteers, put together a great program oriented at the youth of our community.


Thanks to Jennifer Powell-Folks, Steve Blackburn, Frankford High School ROTC, Sankofa Freedom Academy Charter School, Frankford Friends School, Ken’s Restaurant and Catering, Janet Bernstein, Campbell AME Church and Dr. Ayesha Imani, Diane Blum, Marie Butler, 1Sgt. Joe Fraioli, Johnnie Mae Parker, Natoya Travers, Helen Waller, Connie Whitmore, Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez, State Representative Tony Payton, Frankford Garden Club and Aria Health for a job well done.

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Frankford’s Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.! The Promise of Hope!

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday morning over 200 people from the Frankford area gathered to remember and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and to continue working towards his dream of all of us joining our hands as “brothers and sisters”. Honoring Dr. King reminds us of our own call to serve, to show “true compassion … and a revolution of values” as we need more than ever, compassion, understanding and justice for each American. This was the 25th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast Celebration and this event had taken place at St. Joachim RC Church in previous years. This year, Dr. Ayesha Imani, CEO,Principal, and Founder of Sankofa Freedom Academy Charter School, invited the community to use the school’s facility at 4256 Paul St. for the celebration. Besides George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, Dr. King is the only one to be honored by having a federal holiday named after him.  At 8:30 AM, the school’s cafeteria was filled with people from the many different

Dr. Ayesha Imani, Sankofa Freedom Academy

organizations, churches and neighborhood who came for a free, cooked breakfast (by Ken’s Catering) and to participate in a program honoring Dr. King’s life that showcased the many talents of our area youth. There was a feeling of anticipation and excitement as we waited for the program to begin. Sponsored by the Frankford Coalition of Neighbors (FCN) with support from area organizations, this celebration, according to Jennifer Powell-Folks Executive Director of FCN, brings “Frankfordians together to sit with each other and talk with each other”. Jennifer reminded us that “grassroots people can make a difference” and that it is important that elected officials hear our views on what matters most to us. The mission of FCN is “… to improve relations among the diverse religious, economic, racial and ethnic groups in Frankford, while promoting volunteerism and community coalition”. At the end of this article we will provide contact information for two of community groups if you would like to get more involved. Also, be sure to check out the links of the various performances.

The program began with a song entitled “Lift Every Voice and Sing”. The Frankford Friends School Choir sang and played bells to accompany this song. We have links to all the performances at the end of this article. This song is commonly known as “The Negro National Anthem”. We were welcomed by Janet Bernstein, a member of FCN and the Frankford Garden Club, who asked us to reflect what each of us can do to continue Dr. King’s work. The beautiful table centerpieces were provided by the Frankford Garden Club with assistance by the Frankford High School ROTC (FHS ROTC) members. FHS

Jennifer Powell-Folks, Frankford Coalition of Neighbors

ROTC “presented arms” and we listened to the National Anthem. They also treated us to a drill team performance. Reverend Laurie Ann Rookard of the United Methodist Church gave the invocation and blessing. Breakfast was then served – buffet style. Following breakfast, there was an acknowledgement of the local dignitaries in attendance. Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sanchez and state Representative Tony Payton, Jr. were among the notables. Both were thanked for their active support and advocacy for our community.

The poetry performances by Sankofa Freedom Academy Charter School students were very, very moving to all. These poets are wise beyond their years and offered us a chance to see the dreams of a life they envisioned for all. Listening to these young people, Dr. King would know his message has not been forgotten. Kimberly Washington, the Northeast EPIC coordinator, explained that her organization needed more involvement from area residents. Many of the civic groups in Frankford participate in this organization but the voices of those of us who live here, the residents, needs to be more vocal and active. The next meeting of the EPIC Stakeholders is Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 5:30 PM at Aria Health – Frankford. Please make sure your presence and voice are there!

A liturgical dance was performed by the Treasures from Heaven of the Campbell AME Church. This Church on Kinsey Street is over 200 years old and the second oldest church in the Philadelphia conference. There was a free will offering to help defray costs of the breakfast. Northeast Boys and Girls Club marched and stepped lively to drums which accompanied the drill team’s performance.

Dr. Imani explained the development of freedom schools (Wikipedia reference which references the Philadelphia Freedom Schools based on the Children’s Defense Fund model). More information is also found here on the Sankofa Freedom Academy Charter School web site. Reverend Rookard closed the program with a benediction.

How Can You Get Involved? Bring a Friend! Explore and Use Your Talents for Frankford!

Frankford Coalition of Neighbors
Jennifer Powell-Folks, Executive Director
c/o Campbell AME Church
1661 Kinsey Street
Philadelphia, PA 19124

CORA Services Northeast EPIC Stakeholders
Kimberly Washington, Esq.
Next meeting: Thursday, 1/27/11 at 5:30 PM at Aria Health, Frankford

Contributing Organizations besides those already mentioned: Aria Health, Frankford Campus; Fruit of the Vine United Methodist Church; Mater Dolorosa RC Church; Friends of Wissonoming Park

You are able to share in and relive this celebration by clicking on the following links:
MLK Day at Sankofa
Frankford Friends School Choir
Frankford High School ROTC Drill Team
Sankofa Essay and Poetry Readings
Campbell AME Church Liturgical Dance Performance
Northeast Boys and Girls Club Drill Team
Sankofa Freedom Academy “Something Inside So Strong”