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Local events planned for MLK Day

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

Celebrations for the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will soon be popping up across the nation, with Lincoln County festivities set to take place at the Cultural Center throughout the latter part of the weekend and into the early part of next week. The events are a way to commemorate the American icon’s birthday as well as his famous plea for peace and equal rights.
County festivities, co-sponsored by both the Lincoln County Coalition of Churches and the Lincoln County Chapter of the NAACP, are slated to include two key speakers from across the region along with a special community rally for the holiday’s grand finale of events.
Local residents will be invited to walk together with the Lincolnton High School Marching Band, going from Fifth Third Bank, on East Main Street near downtown Lincolnton, to the county’s courthouse.
The county’s Coalition of Churches Choir will be the weekend’s musical act, performing several spiritual numbers for those in attendance.
Organizers are encouraging local youth to participate in the holiday’s list of activities including a special youth program on Monday. Children will be given the opportunity to present speeches and essays along with various kinds of song and dance.
According to Cultural Center Director Cathy Davis, the celebratory services “highlight the accomplishments and vision of Dr. King.”
She encourages everyone in the community to come out and participate, noting that while last year’s events had a decent turnout, she hopes the crowd will only increase in size this year.
“Dr. King played a crucial role in the civil rights movement — rights that so many of us take for granted and that so many worked hard to receive,” Davis said. “And all of us need to remember just that.”
Local Martin Luther King, Jr., events are as follows:

Sunday:
4 p.m. – the Spirit of King Awards with featured speaker Asheville Mayor Terry Belamy. The Coalition of Churches Community Choir is also set to sing.

Monday:
8:30 a.m. – breakfast with featured speaker Tabatha Stanback of Herndon’s Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church in Lincolnton.
11:30 a.m. – youth program featuring the Youth of Lincolnton. Children will present speeches, essays, songs and dance in honor of Dr. King.
3 p.m. – The public is invited to attend a special walk from Fifth/Third Bank, 2604 E. Main St., to the Courthouse. The walk will feature the Lincolnton High School marching band.

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