The Cleveland County town of Kingstown is the only municipality in America named for Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is thus very important to the people of Kingstown to honor his legend and legacy.
On Saturday (Jan. 12th), Kingstown held its annual MLK Parade. Dr. King's birthday will actually be Tuesday, and the national holiday named for him will be celebrated on Monday January 21st.
Rev. Dr. Jerrett Fite from the New Mt. Olivet AME Zion Church in Rock Hill, SC, was the speaker for a program that followed the parade. Dr. Fite told his audience at Palmer's Grove Missionary Baptist Church that they need to get on their horses and ride. Speaking on Isaih 36, verse 8, where a messenger from the king of Assyria tells Judean king Hezekiah, "I will give thee two thousand horses, if thou be able on thy part to set riders upon them," Dr. Fite said the message was intended to tell the Judeans that they weren't able to ride horses even if they had them. "Too many people keep telling us what we can't do," he said, "but if you believe, you can do things they never thought possible."
In Lincoln County, the celebration of MLK Day actually begins this Friday (Jan. 18th) when the Coalition of Churches holds a banquet at Lincoln Country Club (6 PM). NC State Representative Chaz Beasley will be the speaker for a program as a part of the event.
On Sunday (Jan. 20th) Dr. Michael Isaac will speak at a 4 PM service at the Lincoln Cultural Center.
The annual MLK Day Breakfast will be held Monday morning (Jan. 21st) at Hinton Memorial United Methodist Church on Car Farm Road (8:30 AM). Also that day, a youth program will be held at the Cultural Center at 11 AM and the annual MLK Day Parade will be at 2 PM from Cedar Street to the Courtsquare.
In Gaston County, the Gaston Clergy and Citizens Coalition, a Gaston Together initiative, will present their 2019 MLK Awards to Donyel Barber, Dr. Will Current and Larry Rhodes at Gastonia’s MLK Plaza in a program that will begin at 10:30 Monday morning. The Gaston County NAACP's MLK Day program will be held at the Erwin Center in Gastonia at 3 PM.
In Catawba County, the NAACP will sponsor a march starting at 11 AM at St. Paul United Methodist Church at 103 S. Ervin Ave. in Newton and ending at the old courthouse where a program is planned at noon.
In Cleveland County, Shelby City Parks was scheduled to hold "A Day to Remember" Sunday (Jan. 13th) at 3PM at the Holly Oak Park Gymnasium. Dr. Michael Isaac, pastor of Shoal Creek Baptist Church was scheduled to speak.
The Cleveland County NAACP's annual Unity March is scheduled for 10:30 AM MLK Day from the Cleveland County Court House parking lot down DeKalb Ave. to Shelby High School. There, 90 balloons will be released in honor of what would have been Dr. King's 90th birthday. At noon, a program will be held in Malcolm Brown Auditorium featuring Rev. Curtis Gatewood, president and founder of Jesus Uniting Souls.
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