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Martin Luther King Jr. commemorations in the Roanoke Valley begin Sunday.

A wreath-laying ceremony at King Park in Roanoke Rapids will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. The park is located at Wyche Street and Virginia Avenue.

Northampton County

The annual Northampton County King celebration will be held Monday at 8:30 a.m. at the Cultural and Wellness Center on Highway 305 in Jackson.

Rev. Mark Barfield will bring the opening message there at 9 am.

A march will begin at 10 a.m. at the state Department of Transportation building on Highway 305. The march will proceed back to the Cultural and Wellness Center where Senator Erica Smith will bring the message at 11 a.m.

Oak Grove church

In Halifax County, Oak Grove and Piney Grove Baptist churches will hold their 16th MLK parade in Littleton at 10 a.m. Parade lineup is at 9 a.m. on Mosby Avenue.

Following the parade, Oak Grove, located at 10614 Highway 158 outside Littleton, will hold its annual remembrances.

From 10 a.m. to noon community agencies will be at the church with displays and information. 

A community gospel concert will be held from 11 a.m. to 11:55 a.m.

At noon the 18th celebration program will be held and Senator Smith will be the guest speaker.

At 1:45 p.m., a food distribution will be held by the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina in the church fellowship hall.


At the Tillery Community Center, Concerned Citizens of Tillery will hold its annual celebration at 11 a.m. with a dutch brunch at 11 a.m. Cost is $12 a plate. Youth under the age of 8 may eat for free.

The theme for this year’s program is Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Through Our Youth.

The presenters are Larrell Lewis of Scotland Neck, Zyriphia Edmond of Murfreesboro and Shaynae Couch-Brown of Greenville.

Music will be by Charlie Hill Jr. and Mollie Hill will direct the audience.

Center for Energy Education

Wednesday at the Center for Energy Education at Airport Road in Roanoke Rapids, a community service program will be held from 10 a.m. to noon.

The center will recognize members of the community who have gone above and beyond in acts of community service.