Dozens attend ‘I Have Been To The Mountaintop’ benefit gala


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County Chapter of the National Black Leadership Caucus hosted the “I Have Been To The Mountaintop” Benefit Gala in observance of 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic message.

Dozens attended the event at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church in Wilmington on Friday night.

Donations from the event will go toward helping the low income and disadvantaged in the community — in attempts to carry on the legacy of Dr. King’s Poor People’s Campaign to promote social and economic equality for the disadvantaged.

“The Black Caucus, we do have food drives and different things. But as far as making change, sometimes a simple call to your legislation, sometimes a letter, sometimes just getting involved in a meeting. Because there’s a lot of work here to do and a lot of change that needs to be done here in New Hanover County,” National Black Leadership Caucus Southeastern Regional Chair and New Hanover County Chapter Chair, Sonya Patrick said.

Community leaders and organizations were also recognized at the event for their outstanding services.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was supposed to be in Wilmington in April 1968, but went to Memphis to help the sanitation workers instead.

For more information about Dr. King’s life, legacy and connection to the Port City, click here.

For more information about the New Hanover County Chapter of the Black Leadership Caucus, click here.

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