The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


January 2, 2014

Six events highlight MLK Day locally

TARBORO — "Equal Opportunities on Equal Terms" is the theme for the 24th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration which is sponsored by Edgecombe County Human Relations Committee and the Edgecombe County Entrepreneurs Organization.

Six events are scheduled for the celebration beginning with the 6 p.m. Jan. 12 Commemorative Worship Service at Sunset Church of God on Anaconda Road in Tarboro. The Rev. Stacey Evans of North End Missionary Baptist Church in Rocky Mount will be the guest minister. Evans is the former pastor of White Chapel Baptist Church in Speed.

A Poster Exhibit by students in grades K-8th is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 17. The students must make their poster in reference to the theme, "Equal Opportunities on Equal Terms."

Students in K-4th grades will compete in a category while those in 5th-8th will vie for prizes in a second category. First place winners will receive $50 while second place winners will earn $25. The contest is opened to all students who meet the age guidelines. Posters must be turned in at the County Administration Building Room 121, by Jan. 14. The winners will be invited to attend the Commemorative Banquet on Jan. 18.

The Commemorative Banquet, which is set for 6 p.m. Jan. 18 at Edgecombe Community College Mobley Atrium, is perhaps the most festive event. The event became so large in attendance that several years ago it was moved from the National Guard Armory building to Mobley Atrium. Since it has been there, seats have been filled to capacity.

The speaker for the Commemorative Banquet will be the Rev. Linda Bryan, an associate minister of Christian Faith Baptist Church in Raleigh.

Two days following the banquet, the Unity Breakfast is scheduled for 8 a.m. at the administration building. Dr. Evelyn Johnson, a member of Edgecombe County Board of Education will be the speaker.

Following the breakfast, at 10 a.m. the event's signature Commemorative March will start from St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church and end at St. Luke Church of Christ in Princeville. More than a couple of hundred people customarily participate in the march. The celebration will conclude with "Lunch with the King," which is sponsored by The Ebonette Club of Tarboro, in the dining hall of St. Luke.

A seventh event, the Oratorical Contest, has already taken place at Eastern Star Missionary Baptist Church. Kelicee Batchelor earned first place and received a $500 scholarship while Hydiea Shaw came in second and received a $250 scholarship.


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