LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. – All are invited to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. by participating in a weekend of activities from Saturday, January 16 through Monday, January 18. This weekend of celebration is sponsored by the Haywood County MLK Committee.
“Forty-five years ago, Martin Luther King had a dream for all of us. A dream that broke down the barriers of discrimination and gave everyone the freedom to follow their dreams. To get an education. To pursue a career. To serve in public office, or simply strengthen our communities by helping one another,” said Tammy McDowell, Chairperson of the Haywood County MLK Committee. “Join us as we celebrate Dr. King’s dream and the countless other dreams that have been achieved because of his.”
Events sponsored by the Haywood County MLK Committee include a Pride March, commemorative service, and the 20th Annual Prayer Breakfast at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center.
On Saturday, January 16, the Pride March will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the Justice Center and conclude at the Community Center in Waynesville, NC. The Pride March usually draws over 100 participants each year.
Sunday, January 17, a commemorative service will be held at 3:00 p.m. at Harris Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church in Canton, NC. Pamela D. Johnson, Pastor of Church of God Prophecy in Canton will be preaching at the service.
The weekend will culminate in the 20th Annual Prayer Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in the Lambuth Inn International Room at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center Monday, January 18. Terry M. Bellamy, the Mayor of Asheville, NC, will be speaking. Tickets for this event are $15 for adults and $7 for children 11 and under. A portion of the proceeds will go towards a local scholarship fund for Haywood County students who wish to further their education.
For more information about any of the Martin Luther King, Jr. events, call Tammy McDowell at 828-215-0296 or Rocky Tucker at 828-246-2588.