Martin Luther King events
Friday, January 12, 2018
Several community events are coming up to mark the annual Martin Luther King Day holiday.
• King Banquet: The 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Banquet, sponsored by the General Baptist State Convention of N.C., will be held at 7 p.m. today at the Greenville Convention Center, 303 S.W. Greenville Blvd. The guest speaker is to be announced. “Early Bird” admission for this event is $60 per person. TIckets purchased after Jan. 5 will cost $75 per person. Tickets are now available by calling Baptist Headquarters at 919-821-7466. For more information visit www.gbsconline.org.
• Unity Breakfast: The Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce will host the 21st Annual Community Unity Breakfast from 7:30-9 a.m. Monday at the ECU Murphy Center at the ECU Sports Complex on Ficklen Drive. The guest speaker will be Michael Bonner, second-grade teacher at South Greenville Elementary featured on The Ellen Degeneres Show and author of the book, “Get Up or Give Up.” A light breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m. and the program will start at 8 a.m. The event is open to the public. Advanced registrations are appreciated. For more information and/or to register visit www.greenville.org.
• March, rally: A March and Rally for Social and Economic Justice will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday. Participants will assemble for the march at 9:30 a.m. at Thomas Foreman Park, 400 Nash St. The rally will take place at the Pitt County Courthouse, West Third and Evans streets. The event, sponsored by the Pitt County Coalition Against Racism, will honor Dr. King’s support for public service workers on the 50th anniversary of his martyrdom at the Memphis sanitation workers’ strike. For more information contact Don Cavellini at 756-7130.
• MLK Celebration: Interfaith Clergy and the Pitt County NAACP will host their annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 12:30 p.m. on Monday at St. John Missionary Baptist Church Soul Saving Station, 2921 Briery Swamp Road, Stokes. Pastor Gregory Black will host the event with guest speakers from throughout the community. The event will include a presentation of awards. Call Rodney Coles at 717-9600 or Debbie Dixon at 462-1112 for information.
• MLK Job Fair: A Pitt County Job Fair will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday at Eppes Recreation Center, 400 Nash St. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet some of Pitt County’s top employers. Dress is business casual; bring resume. The job fair is being held in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. For more information, contact the Life Empowerment Center (STRIVE) at 752-9774.
• ECU Celebration: The Office for Equity and Diversity along with the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center will host Tamika Mallory as guest speaker at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 at Wright Auditorium. Mallory is nationally recognized as an outspoken champion for social justice who has worked closely with the Obama Administration as an advocate for civil rights issues, equal rights for women, health care, gun violence and police misconduct. She has been applauded as “a leader of tomorrow” by Senior Adviser to President Obama Valerie B. Jarrett and was selected to serve on the transition committee of New York City Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio. After the speech, students will be able to engage in the conversation of how to build an inclusive community on campus and live out their visions for positive social change.
DAY OF SERVICE
The City of Greenville, East Carolina University and other groups are holding Martin Luther King Day of Service event Monday:
Peace Presbyterian Church, 301 Guiness Drive, Winterville, will host a community service opportunity from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Together with Rise Against Hunger (formerly known as Stop Hunger Now), an international food relief organization, volunteers will package 30,000 emergency meals. The meals are a special combination of rice and dried protein/vitamin sources that are easily cooked in the most primitive of conditions. Teams of volunteers assemble the ingredients and package them for shipping to anywhere in the world. For more information and to pre-register, visit http://events.stophungernow.org/MLKDAY or contact the church office at 355-2273 or Paul Gares at 341-8184.
ECU’s Day of Service, “A day on, not a day off,” starts at 9:45 a.m. with an opening ceremony in Hendrix Theater in Mendenhall Student Center. From 11 a.m.-2 p.m. students will go to service sites in Greenville/Pitt County. Sites include the Food Bank of Eastern N.C., MacGregor Downs Health & Rehabilitation Center, the Ronald McDonald House, Hope Lodge, Boys & Girls Club, Rocking Horse Ranch and more. The event is sponsored by ECU’s Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement and the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center. For more information visit https://orgsync.com/79661/chapter.
The City of Greenville invites residents to join city staff and community volunteers to participate in service projects from 10 a.m. to noon at three locations: Stantonsburg Road near the City of Greenville sign at Allen Road; Memorial Drive between Third and Fifth Streets; and Greenville Boulevard near E.B. Aycock Middle School. Anyone interested in participating in a roadside project should meet at Five Points Plaza at 10 a.m. to pick up supplies and get assignments.
River Park North: The city also is hosting a service event on the trails of River Park North, 1000 Mumford Road, starting at 9 a.m. For more information, contact the city's Public Information Office at 329-4131.