MLK to be celebrated with multiple events

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to be celebrated with multiple events
Posted on 01/06/2020

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, in conjunction with the city of Rocky Mount, will host events during the month of January honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The overall theme for this year’s events is “Shared Humanity – Equal Opportunity.”

The theater at the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences will be the location for the 32nd annual MLK Oratorical Competition on Saturday, Jan. 11 beginning at 9 a.m. Students in grades 6-8 will speak to the theme “My Vision 2040,” while speeches for contestants in grades 9-12 will formulate around the “Shared Humanity – Equal Opportunity” theme.

The pinnacle event of the month will be the 32nd Annual Unity Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 20 starting at 7 a.m. Co-hosted by event partner North Carolina Wesleyan College, the breakfast and program will take place at the college’s Dunn Center for the Performing Arts. The event’s keynote speaker, Anita Earls, will be on the dais during the 8 a.m. program, following the 7 a.m. breakfast.

Earls, associate justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, founded the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, a non-profit legal advocacy organization, in 2007 and served as its Executive Director for 10 years. While there she litigated voting rights and other civil rights cases.

Following the 32nd Annual Unity Breakfast, volunteers will team together for the annual Day of Service projects. Anyone wanting to participate in the Day of Service should contact 252-454-1682. All events are free and open to the public.

For more information regarding the breakfast and program, please contact the city of Rocky Mount Human Relations Department at 252-972-1181.