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King celebrations to feature breakfast, march, speeches

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Elizabeth City State University's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration will begin with a march from the G.R. Little Library to Museum of the Albemarle, Monday at 10 a.m. State Rep. Zack Hawkins, D-Durham, will be the speaker for ECSU's annual King Day program at the museum at 10:45 a.m.

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From staff reports

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

A newly sworn-in state representative from Durham who graduated from Elizabeth City State University will be the keynote speaker for this year’s ECSU Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration.

State Rep. Zack Hawkins, D-Durham, will speak at an event held at Museum of the Albemarle on Monday at 10:45 a.m. Hawkins’ remarks will follow the annual Martin Luther King Jr. March, which kicks off in front of ECSU’s G.R. Little Library at 10 a.m. and ends at the museum.

Hawkins, director of development in student affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from ECSU in 2001 and a master’s degree in biology from North Carolina Central University.

Also in Elizabeth City on Monday, the Elizabeth City Branch of the National Association of University Women will host the 17th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Community Breakfast at the K.E. White Center at 8 a.m. The Rev. Javan Leach will be the keynote speaker. Cost of the breakfast is $20 for adults, $10 for students and free for kids 4 and younger. For more information, call Andrea Combs at 338-8827, Sandra Davis at 338-2071 or Rebecca Ware at 338-6834.

Events celebrating King’s life and legacy will also be held elsewhere in the region on Monday, which is a holiday for schools and local governments.

In Perquimans, the annual King Day events will include a motorcade starting from Perquimans County High School and traveling to Melton Grove Missionary Baptist Church. The motorcade will line up at 10 a.m. and start at 11 a.m. The King Day speaker at Melton Grove will be state Sen. Erica Smith, D-Northampton.

In Camden County, a King Day march will begin at Grandy Primary at 10:45 a.m. and proceed to Camden High School, where a program and lunch will be held in the cafeteria at 11:30 a.m.

In Chowan County, the annual King Day celebration will be held at noon in the John A. Holmes High School auditorium.

The Rev. William T. Davis, a local attorney and pastor in Camden County, will be the event’s keynote speaker. The event will include recitation of an excerpt from King’s last speech, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop”; Little Miss MLK Day Princesses; and songs by Christa Faison-Hall.

Several nonprofits are also planning to host Day of Service events on Monday to celebrate King’s legacy of service to others.

Food Bank of the Albemarle will host three groups who’ll be volunteering their time to sort produce, bag canned and dry goods for distribution, packing boxes for senior citizens and sorting donations. The Elizabeth City Area Network Executives will be at the Food Bank from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Area law offices also will be participating from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. as part of the annual “Legal Feeding Frenzy.” A group of ECSU students will also participate from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Other groups or individuals who’d like to participate should contact Brian Gray at brgray@afoodbank.org or by calling 335-4035, ext. 113.

Elizabeth City Habitat for Humanity will also host a Day of Service event at 306 Mill St., Elizabeth City, from 9 a.m. to noon. Organizations and businesses are invited to attend and participants will have a chance to use a 25-percent discount at the end of the day. Those interested can contact Jane Elfing at 384-0115 or at jelfri@bellatlantic.net.

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