Port City pays tribute to MLK


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Happening this week, the community celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy.

Today marks the first day of the festivities which will run through the 20th.

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Chairman of the MLK Celebration Committee, Hollis Briggs, says although the way in which we pay tribute to Dr. King has not changed, the world has. He says in light of recent events, MLK’s message is more prevalent than ever.

“We really need to be one. We need to be together and that’s all he was saying,” said Briggs. “Dr. King wasn’t for any particular race or people. He was for everybody.”

Tonight the committee hosts the Wilmington Minority Networking Group Meet and Greet at Theater NOW. That event takes place from 6-8 p.m.

Tomorrow an MLK Gospel Competition is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Williston Middle School.

Thursday you can have a night out at the theater and watch the production “A Mountain Top” at 7 p.m. at the Red Barn.

Friday the celebrations continue with a banquet at CFCC’s Union Station at 6:30 p.m. where Kenneth Spaulding will be the guest speaker.

On Saturday there is a breakfast at UNCW’s Warwick Center in the morning, followed by a kid’s fun day. That event is at the William E. Murphy Sports Complex from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Sunday there is a college fair and performances by several marching bands starting at 4 p.m. at CFCC’s Schwartz Center. Then at 4:30 p.m. the Ecumenical Service will be held at B’Nai Israel Synagogue Temple.

Monday the committee hosts the parade which starts at 11 a.m. in Downtown Wilmington, and on Tuesday there will be a presentation at UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium featuring Angela Davis.