The third Monday in January is designated as a federal holiday meant to be spent on, not off.
King was born January 15th, 1929. Dr. King would have celebrated his 85th birthday this year. He was assassinated in Memphis in 1968 at the age of 39.
In 1994, Congress designated Martin Luther King Jr. Day in an effort for communities everywhere to devote their energy to service and volunteering.
Eastern North Carolina is celebrating the holiday with several events. Some of those are listed below.
- The LaGrange Youth Council of the NAACP will host their annual parade at 3 p.m. It starts at Railroad Street in LaGrange.
- The Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Greenville will host the 17th Annual Community Unity Breakfast from 7:30 - 9 a.m. at the ECU Murphy Center
- East Carolina University is encouraging students to use their day away from the classroom to participate in community service. To sign up, click here.
- The Order of the Eastern Stars 4th and 5th District in Ahoskie are celebrating with an organized march starting at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of Sunset Street and MLK Drive. A program will begin at noon.