Bayfront NATO, Inc. -- Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Center

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The mission of the King Center is to improve the conditions of work, play, study, health and living conditions of the people of the City of Erie, Pennsylvania, and in particular those residents of the Bayfront area through an effective program of social services and action. In carrying out its purpose, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Center shall strive to develop programs of cultural enrichment, economic development, housing, primary health care, neighborhood assistance, community services, crime prevention, recreation, employment and work referral or work-related programs, together with such other social services as may be deemed necessary or expedient to assist impoverished, under privileged or socially disadvantaged individuals.

Programs and Services

  • Youth services were a cornerstone in the development of the Martin Luther King Center. Youth services have been refined and developed over the last thirty-two years to continue to meet the needs of this population. The Child Care Program has been operated by the MLK Center since 1970. The Alexander W. Thompson Apartment Complex was designed to enhance the lives of the elderly citizens of the City of Erie, by providing clean, safe, and affordable living arrangements. Our housing initiative helps to ensure that low and moderate income citizens continue to have affordable housing and essential social services. Erie Dance Theater is the region's newest and most unique dance studio, offering professional instruction.


James C. Sherrod, Executive Director

Send an email | View the website | 814-459-2761

312 Chestnut Street
Erie, Pennsylvania 16507