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Celebration of Rev. Martin Luther King’s birthday will be different this year due to COVID concerns. So that everyone can remain safe, the annual MLK breakfast will not be held nor will the youth program will be held at the Lincoln Cultural Center. COVID has turned community celebrations into drive throughs and that’s what’ll happen this year for MLK. 

New this year will be a clothing drive to assist hurricane victims in Louisiana. Individuals are asked to bring items of clothing to Providence Missionary Baptist Church on Monday. This will be a one day only drive. Clothing will be delivered to Louisiana to assist those in need.

Participants are asked to decorate their cars with posters to celebrate the legacy of King and line up at Providence Missionary Baptist Church at 1:30 p.m. The parade will begin at 2 p.m. travelling down Pine Street, toward MLK Way and onto East Main Street to the Lincoln County Courthouse.

Participants are asked to park in the Citizen’s Center parking lot and remain in their cars at all times. There will be two speakers at the Courthouse.

Celebrated on the third Monday of January every year, civil rights icon, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. who was assassinated in Memphis on April 4, 1968 is honored. MLK Day didn't become a federal holiday until 1986, nearly 20 years after it was introduced to Congress, per the King Center. Even then, it faced an upward battle for all states to recognize the holiday, only getting nationally recognized in 2000.

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