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Wilmington ready to celebrate MLK Day

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day is just a week away. This morning the Wilmington Celebration and Parade Committee announced all the activities for MLK Day in the Port City.

The theme for this year's events is bone marrow. The poster child for this year's events is Mildred Bethea, who has undergone a bone marrow transplant. This year the celebration committee is trying to raise awareness.

"It all just started from just a parade and now we've involved a lot of other civic organizations, non-profits," MLK Celebration Committee Chair Hollis Briggs said. "Because what we want to do is while we have the world looking at us we want to bring education and awareness to a lot of different situations that we have going on in Wilmington."

The Celebration Committee will hold a bone marrow drive January 18 on 6th and Castle Streets.

MLK Celebration Events
Friday
10 a.m.: Orange Street Landing Event; Rededication of the Underground Railroad; Unveiling by William B. Gould IV
7 p.m.: Community Reception, Historic USO Building, 2nd & Orange Streets; MLK Distinguished Citizen Award/silent auction and International Food Stations; William B. Gould IV guest speaker

Saturday
9 a.m.: NAACP Breakfast, Union Missionary Church ($15, Guest speaker Herbert Harris)
11 a.m.-2 p.m.: A Children Event with Games and Refreshment; MLK Center, 401 S. 8th Street
8 p.m.: A Night at the Theater featuring My Friend Martin, produced by Techmojo; UNCW Warwick Center ($15)

Sunday
4:30 p.m.: Ecumenical Service; First Presbyterian Church, 3rd & Orange Streets; Guest speaker Rev. Joseph Washington

Monday
Noon: MLK Parade on Castle Street (line up at 9 a.m.)
Closing Gospel Program, Wrightsboro United Methodist Church

Thursday, Jan. 21
7 p.m.: Dr. Ben Carson, speaker; UNCW Kenan Auditorium (Tickets sold out)

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