Boys and Girls Club kids draw portraits of influential African Americans for MLK Day

WINTERVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Some local kids are using art as a way to observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Kids at the Boys and Girls Club of Pitt County in Winterville were asked to draw portraits of influential African Americans Monday as part of a Black History Month art contest hosted by U.S. Cellular.

The kids will learn about the accomplishments of their subjects, including NBA star Michael Jordan, retired four-star general Colin Powell, and former President Barack Obama.

Kids, like Michael Raye, tell WITN it was a fun way to observe the holiday.

"Just remembering all the great stuff that Martin Luther King did for us, like saying speeches that encourage people to take down the rules and the segregation part of our country," Raye says.

Ten kids will have their work displayed at area U.S. Cellular stores. Three lucky kids will be awarded gift cards ranging from $100 to $250 at the end of February.