Remembering MLK: Annual celebration Jan. 19-20 in Southport

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By Laura Lewis, Reporter

It kicks off with a Memorial March and ends with a roundtable breakfast with participants from all walks.

Southport’s annual two-day Martin Luther King Celebration is set for this coming Sunday, Jan. 19, and Monday, Jan. 20.

It launches at 3 p.m. Sunday with a Memorial March that forms in the parking lot of ILA Union Hall at the corner of 10th and Lord streets in downtown Southport. The public is invited to come and participate.

“We’ll just march a few blocks like the technique Martin Luther King used,” event committee member Ralph Parker said.

An MLK program accompanied by refreshments follows at 3:45 p.m. at Union Hall. Participants include South Brunswick High School junior Robin Bernard, one of the youth participants who is serving as mistress of ceremonies.

Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Ed Pruden will speak. Music will be provided by local artist Larry Hill and the Save Our Community Choir. The Praise Dancers of Piney Grove Baptist Church will perform, and ROCAME (“rock-uh me”) students will present a robotic demonstration. The group was established in 1979 by area industry and education to provide a sound, viable program to encourage minority students to enter the fields of engineering, science, math, and technology.



Guest speaker is the Rev. Quan Stewart, pastor at St. John Missionary Baptist Church.

Parker said they strive to focus on youth of the area.

“Since the academic year 2002-2003 we have been doing a joint project with the school,” Parker said. “It has grown tremendously over the years.”

This past year, he said 10,837 out of the county’s 12,000 took part via Project Do Something.


Roundtable breakfast

The event’s 20th annual roundtable breakfast is scheduled for 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20, in Murrow Hall of Trinity United Methodist Church at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Nash Street in Southport. Keynote speaker will be attorney Elizabeth Haddix of the University of North Carolina Center for Civil Rights, and the prestigious Walter Welsh Award will be presented.

The events serve as a reminder of King’s legacy, leadership, strategy and passive resistance to bringing about social change, Parker said.



MLK event in Navassa

A Martin Luther King Jr. Day march is also planned for noon Monday, Jan. 20, by the northern Brunswick County town of Navassa.

The parade will begin at Landon’s Barber Shop at the corner of South Navassa and Village roads and conclude at Navassa Town Hall at 334 Main St. Vans will be on hand to take marchers to Johnson’s Chapel AME Zion at 1882 Lincoln Road in Navassa for a program with lunch that afternoon. The public is cordially invited.

For more information, call Navassa Town Hall at (910) 371-2432.