The Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Celebration Committee presents the 12th Annual Southeastern North Carolina’s Celebration and Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr January 13, 2014 through January 20, 2014 in Wilmington, NC.
Each year the committee schedules several events leading to the MLK Holiday held the third Monday of January and culminating with the MLK Parade. The actions of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) brought about significant changes in the lives of all Americans.
Therefore the MLK Celebration Committee, representing the Greater Wilmington area and Southeastern North Carolina seek to pay homage to an American hero through educational seminars, religious events, art and culture events, displays and social gatherings which enhance the quality of life in our communities.
For years the parade has been held on Historic Castle Street. Last year, the committee chose to increase the diversity of the parade and relocate the parade to the Central Business District (CBD) of Historic downtown Wilmington. This year the route will proceed from 200 Hanover Street (in front of the Wilma Daniels Art Gallery), South on 3rd Street, to Princess Street, ending at 4th and Brunswick Streets. The parade will take place on Monday January 20, 2014.
Participants will line up at 9:00 am and the parade will begin at 11:00 am. Scheduled events and activities leading up to the parade will begin on Monday January 13 with a Press Conference at 11:00 am at the William E. Murphy Sports Complex.
On Monday evening there will be a Meet-n-Greet and kick-off reception at 6:00 pm with the Wilmington Minority Networking group at Front Street Brewery, in the Beam Room.
The annual MLK Gospel Concert will take place Tuesday January 14 at St. Phillip AME and the Annual MLK Banquet will be Friday January 17th at the Wilmington Convention Center at 6:30 pm. Saturday will be an event filled day, starting with the Annual NAACP/MLK Breakfast at 9:00am in the Warwick Center at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and Kids Fun Day from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm inside of the William E. Murphy Sports Complex.
Two new events have been added this year; the Car & Bike Show Saturday from 11am-4pm outside of the Murphy Sports Complex and FPJ Consulting in partnership with the MLK Committee and Urban Promotions will present the Historically Black College and University Experience (HBCU) at Williston Middle School Gym Sunday at 4:00 pm.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is a national hero, and his birthday is an opportunity to bring people together and help everyone again understand the context and history surrounding his life from the perspective of Southeastern North Carolina. It is the hope of the MLK Committee to be able to build from this
**Ms. Charlon Turner