In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday on Monday, the Lincoln County community is invited to take to the streets the day beforehand to participate in a celebratory march to the courthouse followed by a special service at the James W. Warren Citizens Center commemorating the civil rights leader’s life and legacy.
The march will start 2:45 p.m. Sunday at Fifth Third Bank on E. Main Street in Lincolnton and travel to the Lincoln County courthouse in the heart of downtown Lincolnton with music by the East Lincoln High School band. Following a brief break, participants will march back to the Cultural Center, where local pastor and Cherryville native, Dr. Terry Cline, will speak to the crowd at 4 p.m. in a service that’s been dubbed “Moving Forward, Fired Up and Ready To Go and Being Committed to Ministry.”
Choir members with the Lincoln County Coalition of Churches, the event sponsor, will perform, and the MLK’s Spirit of King Award will be awarded to one lucky local individual.
Coalition President Ola Mae Foster encouraged everyone in the community to attend the celebration and embrace the spirit of Dr. King’s message, words that she called a “beautiful blueprint” for every generation.
“We couldn’t have a more perfect example of love and peace … forgetting the color of a person’s skin and doing what God has demanded us to do,” she said. “Dr. King preached and practiced the idea of people coming together.”
She hopes to see a more diverse crowd at this year’s event
A reception will follow the service.