King to be honored

Jan. 20, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

Civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. will be honored in Lee County with multiple events in this long holiday weekend bearing his name.

There will be a wreath-placing ceremony today at the MLK Memorial Park on South Horner Boulevard, near the intersection with Washington Avenue. Starting at 1 p.m., Pastor Delores Washington of the Ebenezer Gospel Assembly will speak, followed by a song and the wreath ceremony itself, which will be conducted by local officials.

At 11 a.m. today, Fair Promise A.M.E. Zion will hold a special tribute to King, and later tonight, the annual MLK Unity Event, sponsored by the Lee County NAACP, will be held at 6 p.m. at Blandonia Presbyterian Church. The speaker will be the Rev. Curtis Gatewood, past president of the Durham NAACP.

On Monday, the 16th annual MLK Day Community Celebration will take place all day at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, starting at 9:30 a.m. and going well into the afternoon. The festivities are being sponsored by the Council for Effective Actions, and former N.C. Senator Eric Mansfield of Fayetteville will deliver the keynote address.

The morning activities on Monday will feature youth group competitions in dancing, singing and miming. Mansfield, who won election in 2010 but left his seat after one term and is now campaigning to be chairman of the N.C. Democratic Party, will take the floor at 12:30 p.m.

There will be prize drawings all day Monday, as well as a ceremony honoring several community leaders.