Celebrating King's Legacy And Black History Month

List of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration and Black History Month events in Eastern Carolina:

Breakfast, Jacksonville, January 13, 2007: Georgetown High School Alumni Association hosts their annual MLK Scholarship Breakfast at 9 a.m. Jan. 13 at Jacksonville High School cafeteria. Cost $15 each. Call (910)347-7238.

Historic Bath Lecture, January 13, 2007: “A Day of Blood at Wilmington:' The 1898 Race Riot". Bath native LeRae Umfleet of the Research Branch of the Office of Archives and History will talk about her research on the 1898 Wilmington Race Riot and its after-effects. 10 a.m. at Historic Bath Visitor Center, free of charge. Co-sponsored by the Historic Bath Book Club. For more information, call 252-923-3971 or email at bath@ncmail.net.

Pitt Community College, Winterville: Pitt Community College started its "Black History Month" observance with a celebration January 12, 2007. A number of events are scheduled on campus throughout the month. This year’s observance includes an Art Expo, Reader’s Theater, Gospel Celebration, Red Cross Blood Drive, and a presentation of the 1981 film “Purlie,” about a Southern preacher who returns home to liberate sharecroppers from a plantation owner. http://www.pittcc.edu/broadcast/bhm/BHM_2007_calendar.htm

Windsor, Bertie County, January 14, 2007: 5 p.m., 27th Annual Tribute to Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr., Indian Woods Missionary Baptist Church Windsor, NC. More information: Linda McNair-Moore 252-862-4022(h) 252-862-6260(w) E-mail address: Linda.Mcnair@ncmail.Net

Wilson, January 14, 2007: Martin Luther King Walk for Justice and Peace, Barton College Chapel in Wilson, Cost: Free, More information, call (252)399-2308.

La Grange, Lenoir County, January 14-15: La Grange branch of the NAACP will hold its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration at 6 p.m. Sunday, at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, 209 S. Carey St., La Grange. Bishop Alton A. Smith from St. Mark Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ, in Goldsboro will be the speaker. The Youth Council of the NAACP La Grange Chapter will have a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Parade at 2 p.m. Monday, in La Grange. Call (252) 566-9260 or (252) 527-3618 for more information.

Greenville Community Breakfast, January 15, 2007: The Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce and the Office of the Mayor, City of Greenville invite the public to the COMMUNITY UNITY BREAKFAST on Monday, January 15, 7:30 a.m. at the Murphy Center on the athletic campus of East Carolina University. Reverend Kenneth Ray Hammond will be the keynote speaker at the annual breakfast which will take place on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This year’s breakfast is entitled “Serving Our Community in a New Day: Making Dreams Come True.” From the Union Baptist Church in Durham, North Carolina, Pastor Hammond has more than 30 years of pastoral ministry experience and was named one of “America’s Most Loved Pastors” by Gospel Today Magazine in 2001. To register for your complimentary seat, contact Frances Faust at (252) 752-4101 ext. 224 or frances@greenvillenc.org.

East Carolina University in Greenville, Monday, January 15, 2007: Students will participate in a daylong volunteerism effort, organized by ECU’s Volunteer and Service Learning Center. Volunteer venues include: The ACS McConnell-Raab Hope Lodge, Give to the Troops, the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina at Greenville, Food Education and Distribution Center, The Humane Society of Eastern Carolina, Ronald McDonald House, Little Willie Center and Rocking Horse Ranch. Pre-registration is required at: http://www.ecu.edu/volunteer/MLK-Projects.cfm. Students will check-in at Mendenhall Student Center at 8:30 a.m., have breakfast, attend a program at 8:45 a.m. and begin their volunteer projects at 9:30 a.m. At 6 p.m., Jan. 15, ECU will hold a candlelight vigil and march at College Hill in honor of King, followed by a 7 p.m. musical performance at ECU’s Hendrix Theatre. “A Celebration of the Civil Rights Years through Song” will be presented by the ECU Gospel Choir, directed by Dorothea Taylor with special guest Richard Banks of North Carolina Central University.

Martin Luther King Free Admission Day at the Aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores in Carteret County, January 15, 2007. Please call Julie Powers at the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores for more information, 252-247-4003 Ext. 228.

Goldsboro, Wayne County, January 15, 2007: "What would he say now?" Goldsboro-Raleigh District Assembly Hall, 214 Hooks River Road, Goldsboro, Cost 10.00, For more information: (919)580-4359.

Kinston, Lenoir County, January 15, 2007: Martin Luther King Salute to Everyday Heroes, 9 a.m., St. James AME Church, 402 East Shine Street, Kinston, Cost is free. More information (252)525-0246.

Wilson, January 15, 2007: 7:30 a.m., Martin Luther King Ecumenical Breakfast , Darden Alumni Center, 1600 Lipscomb Road, Wilson, COST: $5.00, For More Info: CONTACT: Human Relations Office, PHONE: (252) 399-2308 EMAIL: esuarez@wilsonnc.org

Wilson, January 15, 2007: 2 p.m., American Red Cross MLK Blood Drive Darden Alumni Center 1600 Lipscomb Road, Wilson COST: FREE For More Info: CONTACT: Human Relations Office PHONE: (252) 399-2308 EMAIL: esuarez@wilsonnc.org

Wilson, January 15, 2007: 3 p.m. Martin Luther King Youth and Children's Gospel Choir Concert Boykin Cultural Center 108 Nash St NE, Wilson COST: FREE For More Info: CONTACT: Human Relations Office PHONE: (252) 399-2308 EMAIL: esuarez@wilsonnc.org

Wilson, January 15, 2007: 5 p.m. Art Opening and Martin Luther King Reception Arts Council of Wilson 124 Nash street SW, Wilson COST: FREE For More Info:
CONTACT: Human Relations Office PHONE: (252) 399-2308 EMAIL: esuarez@wilsonnc.org

Tryon Palace, New Bern, January 18, 2007: African American Lecture “From Civil Rights to Black Power: The 1960s Revisited” - Reverend Nelson Johnson, civil rights activist during the 1960s and 1970s, and present-day champion of social justice, has spent his life emphasizing faith, diversity, justice and democracy. In this lecture, he revisits the turbulent years of the Civil Rights Movement and reflects on the different manifestations of African American activism. For more information please contact Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens at (800) 767-1560 or log onto www.tryonpalace.org.

For more information on MLK and Black History events across the state, go to http://www.king-raleigh.org/natlevent/body.cfm