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Wilmington ready to celebrate MLK Day


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
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

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)

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

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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CIS Cape Fear Hosts Non-Profit Open House in Partnership w/ MLK

As part of the week-long celebration, Communities in Schools of Cape Fear will host an Open House to showcase partner non-profit organizations and recruit volunteers in the new year. The event will take place on

Tuesday, January 12, 2010
6-7 pm,
20 N. 4th St, Suite 300

This event directly precedes a multi-church gospel concert at the adjacent First Baptist Church at 7pm.

Attending non-profits include Communities in Schools of Cape Fear, Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity, Wilmington Health Access for Teens, Cape Fear Housing Land Trust, DREAMS Arts Education, New Hanover Schools Performance Learning Center, Outside the Walls, Cape Fear Volunteer Center, Smart Start of New Hanover County, Kids Making It, Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, Phoenix Employment Ministries and more!

MLK Parade

Hi I wanted to see if it is to late to be a parade non-profit participant?

Thank you

Full Schedule of Events Available Online

The full schedule of events for the week-long celebration is available at the Celebration Committee's website: