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Celebration of Rev. Martin Luther King’s birthday sponsored by the Coalition of Churches begins in Lincoln County on Saturday, Jan. 18 with a gala at the Lincoln Cultural Center at 6:30 p.m. This is the only event with a fee. Tickets are $30/person. The speaker is Dr. Terry Cline, a retired educator and pastor of Pine Street Presbyterian Church in Lincolnton.

On Sunday at 3:30 p.m., there will be an Ecumenical Service also to be held at the Lincoln Cultural Center. Ministers, laypersons and community leaders are asked to participate and express memories of King. 

The annual MLK Breakfast will be held Monday morning at 8 a.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Lincolnton. The speaker for this portion of the celebration will be Phyllis Wingate, the Northern Division president for Atrium Health and president of Atrium Health Cabarrus. Wingate has a 17-year tenure with Atrium Health, joining the system in 2002 as senior vice president and chief operating officer of Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. She has held numerous positions at Atrium Health including president of Atrium Health Mercy.

The Youth Program will be held at the Lincoln Cultural Center at 11 a.m. As part of the Youth Program there will be a county-wide essay contest. 

At 2 p.m. there will be a march beginning at Fifth-Third Bank and ending at the courthouse with a program on the courthouse lawn. Rev. Brandon Myles will be the speaker at this event.

“We look forward to your attendance and participation,” Ola Mae Foster said. “Remember it’s a day in remembrance of the late Dr. Martin Luther King.”

The Lincoln Cultural Center is located at 403 East Main Street in Lincolnton. Emmanuel Lutheran Church is located at 216 South Aspen Street in Lincolnton. Except for the Gala, all events are free to attend and open to the public. For more information or to obtain tickets for the Gala, telephone (704) 435-0308, (704) 736-5027 or (980) 429-0509.

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