March to the Court Square Monday, January 20, 2014
Wayne Howard Reporter
At the MLK Day Prayer Breakfast, Dr. George Creed told a story about an incident involving a mixed race family and the Ku Klux Klan in the North Carolina town of Tarboro. After recounting the story, Dr. Creed noted that the family included several of his ancestors.
Dr. Creed, who participated in sit-ins protesting segregated lunch counters in Durham, NC, before the famous Greensboro Four sit-ins at the Woolworth's in Greensboro, urged the audience to learn more about their history. "It's important to know what our ancestors endured to make it possible for us to be here today," Dr. Creed said, noting that those present have a responsibility to their own descendants to improve their world.
Ola Mae Foster of the Coalition of Churches, which sponsored the breakfast in cooperation with the NAACP, said she was happy to have a diverse attendance at the breakfast. The audience was almost 50% Caucasian. In its early years, the prayer breakfast had been primarily attended by African Americans.
Rev. Robert Hamilton, who led the program that followed the march to the Courtsquare, told the gathering there that they must push forward. Hamilton said there are those who would 'turn the clock backward' in North Carolina.
The march and Courtsquare gathering also had a diverse group in attendance.
The North Lincoln Band of Knights led the march to the Courtsquare and played the national anthem before the program.
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