Organizers Announce Plans for MLK Celebration Weekend

The annual MLK Celebration subsequent weekend will function a caravan by way of southern Moore County and several other digital occasions to honor the late chief’s imaginative and prescient of a Beloved Neighborhood the place racism and divisiveness would now not be part of our nation’s social cloth.

“Dr. King’s message is very related now due to the division we’ve witnessed in 2020. This has been so devastating. We have to regroup and rethink how we should always deal with one another,” stated co-organizer Kim Wade. “In any other case we are going to self-destruct.”

Co-sponsored by the West Southern Pines Civic Membership, city of Southern Pines, Moore County NAACP, Religion Missionary Baptist and STAR 102.5 & WIOZ AM radio, the weekend celebration occasions are all digital excluding the car caravan.

On Saturday, Jan. 16 at 11 a.m., the West Southern Pines Civic Membership Brunch options an internet gathering with particular visitor audio system together with Nora Bowman, Elder Marcus Chavis of Abundantly Life Ministries Church of God in Christ, Elder Jackie Covington of St Peter, The Rock Inc., Evangelist Tameka Douglas of Higher Room Church of God, Sherilla Horton with Genius Unlocked Afterschool & Tutorial Companies, Elder Robert Jackson of Kingdom Minded Ministries, Inc., Antonio Terrell Marsh with On The Transfer Relocation Companies, Anthony McCauley with Males of Distinction, Birtha Shaw with Completely Dedicated Diabetic Provide Inc., Phyllis Wall with Sandhills Neighborhood Faculty, and Rev. Devonte Wilson with Younger Democrats of North Carolina, and Pastor Gentry Winfield of Christ’s Means Neighborhood Church

The theme is “Growing a Sturdy Neighborhood by Being the Resolution.” Tickets are $10 and could also be bought by way of the Eventbrite web site at

On Sunday, Jan. 17 at 5 p.m., a digital interfaith service will probably be carried out by Religion Missionary Baptist Church. There is no such thing as a value to take part. To attach and pay attention in by way of Zoom, go to the Moore County NAACP webpage at and click on the “Occasions” tab.

On Monday, Jan. 18 at 11 a.m., the group is invited to take part in a MLK Celebration caravan motorcade. Autos could start lining up at 10:30 a.m. on the former Southern Pines Major Faculty. STAR 102.5 radio and WIOZ 55 AM will rebroadcast historic speeches by Martin Luther King, Jr. to coincide with the caravan, beginning at 11 a.m.

Wade stated the caravan will observe an analogous route as a peaceable protest held final June, within the wake of the homicide of George Floyd by a white police officer which sparked a nationwide outcry about racial injustice. Autos will journey from Southern Pines on U.S. 1 south, turning north on N.C. 5 in Aberdeen, then onto Morganton Highway in Pinehurst, earlier than returning to the varsity property.

“I wish to thank STAR 102.5 for its sponsorship and likewise thank these at our police departments and hearth departments who’ve volunteered to verify this occasion is a hit,” Wade stated. “(Southern Pines) Deputy Chief Charles Campbell did a unbelievable job of constructing certain everybody was onboard.”

Instantly following the caravan, the Moore County NAACP will host a digital youth program on Monday, Jan. 18 at 1:30 p.m. There is no such thing as a value to take part. To attach and pay attention in by way of Zoom, go to the Moore County NAACP webpage at and click on the “Occasions” tab.

“Dr. King has at all times been the voice, even now presently, for the way essential it’s that we love and respect one another as human beings,” Wade stated. “We have to deal with one another with love and respect: that’s all we actually need. However proper now, on this local weather we’re in, we’ve got to be reminded.”

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