MLK Jr. Day events in Eastern Carolina


EASTERN CAROLINA (WITN) - Many local groups and organizations are celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday with services and activities throughout the day.

Here's a breakdown of some of the events we know of in ENC:

-Young Women of Promise, Inc. is holding its 11th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration, "Keeping the Dream Alive for our Youth" at 10am at the Temple of Zion International Ministries. The church is located at 1012 Dickinson Ave.

-The Pitt County Coalition Against Racism is holding an MLK Jr. Day march in honor of Dr. King's "support for public service workers on the 50th anniversary of his martyrdom at the Memphis sanitation workers' strike." The group will assemble at 9:30am at Thomas Foreman Park, located at W. 4th & Nash Streets and march to the Pitt County Courthouse.

-The City of Greenville and the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce is holding their annual "Community Unity" event at ECU's Murphy Center. South Greenville Elementary School teacher Michael Bonner will be the keynote speaker. The event runs from 8-9am. You can register to attend or get more information by calling 252-752-4101 or visiting

-The Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC is hosting 300 volunteers to celebrate the service of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior. The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) of Pitt County, the ECU Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement, the ECU FAME Modeling Troop, and the ECU NAACP will be assisting by sorting donations, so they can be distributed to community partners.

-ECU students will also participate in an MLK Day of Service across Greenville, starting with a 9:45am ceremony at the Hendrix Theater at the Mendenhall Student Center. Afterwards, students will go to a variety of Greenville/Pitt County service sites including: the Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina, MacGregor Downs Health & Rehabilitation Center, the Ronald McDonald House, River Park North, Making Pitt Fit & Greenville Community Garden, Hope Lodge, Building Hope, Literacy Volunteers of Pitt County, RHA Health Services, Boys & Girls Club, Rocking Horse Ranch, Rise Against Hunger and Brookdale Assisted Living Center.

-The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain is kicking off its annual Black History Month Art Contest with an event at the Jack Minges unit in Winterville at 1pm. Kids ages 6-18 are encouraged to create an original 8.5x11 piece of artwork in tribute to influential African American(s). In partnership with U.S. Cellular, 10 finalists will be chosen and the art will be displaced at a local store to be voted on by the Greenville community. Winners receive a gift card.

-The Kinston Community Relations Team is hosting a "Know Your Rights" community conversation at 4pm in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The discussion starts at 4pm at the Kinston Enterprise Center at 327 N. Queen Street.

New Bern
-The Craven Community College SGA is holding its National Day of Service to volunteer at the Feed Craven Distribution Center in James City from 9am-2pm. Volunteers will organize at The Church @ New Bern, which is located at 3317 US-70.