Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observances

Ahoskie: March & Celebration For Life and Legacy Of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade line up is on Sunset Ave., marching onto Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive to enter New Ahoskie Missionary Baptist Church (401 Hayes St.) for a special service. Parade begins at 10 a.m.

Elizabeth City: Elizabeth City State University students will lead a commemorative march that begins at the G. R. Little Library at 9:30 a.m. and ends at City Hall.

Greenville: Community Unity Breakfast hosted by the Greenville-Pitt Chamber of Commerce, Office of the Mayor and the City of Greenville, will be held on Monday, January 17, at 7:30 a.m. in the ECU Murphy Center/Harvey Hall with guest speaker Dr. James H. Johnson, Jr., UNC-Chapel Hill.

Greenville: Early bird breakfast will be held at Thomas Foreman Park at 400 Nash Street at 9 a.m. A March/Parade will begin at 10 a.m.

Greenville: A candlelight vigil, march and tribute organized by Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity will begin at the top of College Hill at 6 p.m. and end at Hendrix Theatre on the campus of East Carolina University.

Jacksonville: 4th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. "Keeping the Dream Alive" Celebration begins with the Peace and Unity March at 11 a.m. It begins at New Bridge Street Middle School and march on the trail of 17 North to Thompson Street and back. At 1 p.m. the community is invited to the Department of Veteran (DAV) building at 300 Roosevelt Road where local participants will showcased their talent in praise dancing, music, and sharing valued information.

La Grange: Parade beginning on Railroad St. at 2 p.m.

If you know of an event to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. that you don't see listed here, please email desk@witn.com.


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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jan 18, 2011 at 08:24 AM
    Saywha? I haven't absolved the democrats for modern day racism. Why would the party push people into welfare roles and on the government dole? Why wouldn't you want them to do better when they are absolutely capable of that? Why would you let it go on for generations? Because this is where you want them...
  • by captain Location: eastern nc on Jan 17, 2011 at 09:16 PM
    when are they going to open the files on king, the fbi said they would do it in 25yrs. would be very interesting?
  • by chris jones Location: chocowinity on Jan 17, 2011 at 08:37 PM
    This argument is being played out to its end and if people dont get on with the effort of making us a united country we will stand no chance in the future. The more we continue to put people in pegion holes on an individual basis no change will come. History is history NOW is the time to come together as Americans reguardless of the color of our skin, or Dr. Kings dream will never come true. We now face the problems of low education grades across the board, while the gov. is cutting help for the elderly ie. home health care while keeping tax cuts for the rich this effects us all but race relations are in th forefrount. People its time to wake up and see that the devisions over race is one way to keep us all devided while the gov. slips things under the table to help the rich(and most in the gov. are rich...) Please lets get on with our future for our childrens fate if not our own and come together to make this once again the greatest country in the world.God Bless The USA
  • by c-had Location: police state nc on Jan 17, 2011 at 07:21 PM
    If you read the old testament you will understand that David (you know the one that wrote Psalms{at least some}) not only cheated on his wife but commited murder against his own countrymen to cover it up.A man after Gods heart, but alas human.As Dr. king was only human.According to you we should judge all the accomplishments throughout history by the merits of the individuals who acheived them.So much for the story of David & Goliath...Plenty of bitter bigots online these days.........So sad
  • by saywha? Location: Washington on Jan 17, 2011 at 05:04 PM
    @snake oil: As typical, you fail to address what I actually wrote. Where did I absolve the pre-1965 democrats of their racism? I didn't. What I point out is that 'pubs co opting MLK as one of their own is being disingenuous, at best, as the platforms of today's Republican and Democrat parties bear little resemblance to those respective parties of 50 years ago, much less good ol' Abe's days.
  • by Black Business Owner Location: Greenville on Jan 17, 2011 at 04:40 PM
    To Kay, I could not have said it better. Least we remind everybody, Dr. King learned just about everything he knew by studying Ghandi and his peaceful protesting of the British in India. We need to give credit where credit is due. History has a way of repeating itself.
  • by 250 Location: Jax on Jan 17, 2011 at 03:47 PM
    Just how many of these will be standing in observation of Memorial Day or veteran's Day parades or services?
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jan 17, 2011 at 03:40 PM
    saywha? Actually, you will find he was registered as a republican, not a democrat till years later. If you think Goldwater was the only racist, you need to only look at Wallace and the KKK within the democratic party. Democrats would not let a black man register to vote. Sorry, real history is out there if in books now as the web has been corrupted with missinfo on him.
  • by Frank Sinatra Location: Heaven on Jan 17, 2011 at 03:25 PM
    MLK Day is not just for Mr King. It should have been called Civil Rights Day, as it is a day to celebrate Civil Rights earned by men such as Mr King. I too think he would be ashamed of what he would see today. Men/women white/black died so all peoples could recieve equal rights to school and yet more drop out or don't go than ever before.
  • by educator Location: nc on Jan 17, 2011 at 03:17 PM
    I too think welfare is a terrible thing. People should work for a decent wage and purchase what they need. In an ideal situation, that would work. Sure, some choose not to work, but most can't live off what is paid to them, due to trade agreements and other policies that have helped ship jobs overseas. That goes for both blacks and whites. It still doesn't erase the fact that there are people in America who hate blacks simply because they are black. Those are the ones that I teach my kids to watch their backs around. They don't care how much education you have, how much you work... they just think they are superior and should have more that we do simply becasue they are white.
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