Sunday at 3 p.m. the sixth-annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wreath-laying ceremony will be held at MLK Community Park located at Virginia Avenue and Wyche Street in Roanoke Rapids.
The event is sponsored by the Roanoke Valley Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
The Halifax countywide Martin Luther King Jr. celebration will be held Monday at Mystique Multi Venue on Highway 125 in Roanoke Rapids beginning at 11 a.m. The theme is Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — The Year of the Woman.
They keynote presenter is Anita Earls, who was elected to serve an eight-year term as associate justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court in November.
There is no admission, however a meal will be available for a nominal fee. Any youth attending will eat free and senior citizens will have a discounted rate.
The event is sponsored by the Halifax County Black Caucus.
The 15th annual MLK parade will be held on Main Street in Littleton. Lineup near the post office on Mosby Avenue begins at 9:30 a.m. and the parade starts at 10 a.m. and ends near Piggly-Wiggly.
From 10 a.m. to noon Oak Grove Baptist Church on Highway 158 outside Littleton will host representatives from community agencies.
From 11 a.m. to noon at the church there will be an MLK gospel concert in the Promised Land Sanctuary.
At noon the celebration program begins with Hugh Harris, state Attorney General Josh Stein’s outreach and policy coordinator, serving as guest speaker.
The church’s community service project is for Carolina Rest Home and visitors are encouraged to bring items such as socks, laundry pods, combs, brushes, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other hygiene items.
At 1:45 p.m. there will be a food distribution by the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.
This events are sponsored by Oak Grove and Piney Grove Baptist churches.
The Northampton County MLK celebration will begin at 9 a.m. at the Cultural and Wellness Center in Jackson off Highway 305 with a prayer breakfast. Rev. William Clark of First Baptist Church in Rich Square will be the speaker.
At the 10 a.m. the annual march from the state Department of Transportation yard on Highway 305 will begin and participants will head back to the Wellness Center. Following the march Rev. Joshua Pair, associate pastor of Patillo Chapel Baptist Church in Gaston, will deliver the keynote address.
Rev. Franklin D. Williams will serve as master of ceremonies for both programs.