The kick-off to this year's Martin Luther King celebrations were held in Wilmington Monday.
Members from the MLK celebrations committee were on hand at a press conference to announce a total of eight events the community can join to remember the civil rights movement leader.
All the festivities, which take place mostly in churches, begin January 15 and run through the January 24.
Committee leader Hollis Briggs Jr. said, "We've got all the community involved and we're doing a lot of different things, but if you'll notice most of the events that we are going to be holding are in churches, the civil rights movement started in the church, and we want to try to bring it back to the church, so that's the reason why we're having a lot of events in churches."
If you would like more information on any events call 910-763-4138.
Press Conference Monday Noon
Harvard Jennings, Press Secretary
Central Missionary Baptist Church
702 Red Cross Street - Wilmington, NC
Tuesday at 7:00
"Songs From the Movement" (A Gospel Concert) featuring Anthony Jinwright
Hosted by Minister Mary C. Nixon
Gregory Congregational Church
609 Nun Street - Wilmington, NC
Thursay at 7:00 p.m.
"Economics and You" presentation by Andeas Mccoy of Generations Bank and Abrabam Wells of Financial Destinations
Saint Phillips A.M.E. Church
815 North 8th Street Wilmington, NC
Friday at 6:30 p.m.
The Community Reception Guest Speaker, Nathaniel James of the Monfort Point Marines
Martin Luther King Jr. Outstanding Citizen Award
103 North 3rd Street - Wilmington, NC
Saturday at 9:00 a.m.
N.A.A.C.P. Annual Breakfast
Guest Speaker: Gloria Beatty
Union Baptist Church
2711 Princess Place Drive - Wilmington, NC
Saturday at 7:00 p.m.
Urban Promotions/Martin Luther King Jr. Committe presents "Movement thru Poetry, A Poetry Jam"
UNCW Campus - Warwick Center - Wilmington, NC
Sunday at 4:00 p.m.
The Ecumenical Sercive hosted by The Ministerial Round Table
Guest Speaker: Rev. Dr. John Mendez
Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Winston Salem, NC
St. Mary's Catholic Church
412 Ann Street - Wilmington, NC
Monday at Noon
Martin Luther King Jr. Parade
5th and Castle Street - Wilmington, NC
Step Show following parade
A Learning Experience
Martin Luther King Jr. Talent and History Show
Hosted by William McDuffie