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MLK event benefits NC museum for 1st black Marines

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JACKSONVILLE, NC (AP) -- Proceeds from a luncheon in Jacksonville celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. will benefit a museum that honors the first black Marines.

The Daily News of Jacksonville reports that the luncheon is being held Monday at the Montford Point Marine Museum aboard Camp Johnson, where the first black Marines trained.

Proceeds from the $25 tickets will support the museum.

Speakers include Charmaine McKissick-Melton, an associate professor at North Carolina Central University whose father was among the Civil Rights-era Freedom Riders.

Also speaking is Edgar R. Huff III. His grandfather was one of the first black Marines to be promoted to sergeant major.

The event follows last year's national recognition for the Montford Point Marines, who received approval to get the Congressional Gold Medal.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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