Events kicking off Martin Luther King Jr. celebration


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Although it is a week away, the Cape Fear is already starting to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday.

Organizers of the Southeastern North Carolina MLK Jr. celebration held an informational conference for residents in downtown Wilmington Monday morning.

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Chairman of the committee, Hollis Brings Jr. went over events scheduled this week. There are about 11 events leading up to the annual parade and seven organizations making it all possible.

Celebrations begin Monday at 6 p.m. with a meet and greet at the Cape Fear Museum.

Briggs has been in charge of the committee for 16 years and says this year is bigger than ever. And although they cut out the battle of the bands this year, they added a step show and other events to the line up.

“We’ve got an essay contest. Essay and poster contest. It’s something that’s kind of new to the celebration. And what we’re trying to do is bring in kids. A lot of kids and try to show them what Dr. Kings dream was all about,” Briggs said.

NC NAACP leader, Kojo Nantambu, attended the conference and says it is important for residents to understand what they are celebrating.

“Not only is it educational. It’s a celebration of family and friends. To make people feel good about themselves and about each other. And most importantly it’s informative. To help give us a better understanding of where we are now and where we should be. As opposed to where we come from,” Nantambu said.

For a full list of upcoming events and times, click here.