About Us

In 2008, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Development Institute (MLK-LDI) was formed at the urging of, and under the auspices of the Interdenominational Ministers Conference of Greater Harrisburg with the initial intent of establishing a forum for training and equipping young minority professionals to ascend to positions of leadership. However, since the inaugural 2009 Class, the Institute has attracted participants of varying race, ethnicity and religious beliefs in keeping with Dr. King’s concept of the Beloved Community. Now an independent 501 (c)(3) non-profit, the Institute provides personal and professional development training for area leaders committed to serving the Greater Harrisburg community.


To prepare and empower individuals committed to exercising creative leadership to improve conditions in the Greater Harrisburg community

Key Objectives

  • Build leadership competencies
  • Enhance professional skills
  • Understand the social, economic and public policy challenges facing the Harrisburg community
  • Develop a plan of action to address some of those identified challenges
  • Build a network of mutuality and a tactical reservoir

Emphasis Areas

  • Leadership Development Training
  • Forming Community Coalitions
  • Civil and Human Rights Advocacy
  • Diversity and Inclusion