Celebrate legacy of Rev. King this weekend

Jan 10, 2017
Photo by: Vicki Hyatt Ministers lead the Pride March during the 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend festivities.

LAKE JUNALUSKA — Celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by participating in a weekend of activities from Saturday, Jan. 14, through Monday, Jan. 16.

This weekend of celebration, sponsored by the Haywood County MLK Committee, includes a Pride March, commemorative service and the 27th Annual Prayer Breakfast at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center.

On Saturday, January 14, the Pride March will begin at 11 a.m. at Harris Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church, 26 Prospect St., Canton, and conclude at the Colonial Annex, 53 Park St., Canton.

The Pride March typically draws over 100 participants each year.

On Sunday, Jan. 15, a commemorative service will be held at 3 p.m. at the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 24 Sanctuary Hill Drive, Canton.

Elder Sandy Smith, of Canton, will be preaching at the service and the Western Carolina University Gospel Choir will provide music and song.

The weekend will culminate in the 27th Annual Prayer Breakfast at 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 16,  in the Lambuth Inn dining room, 55 Lambuth Drive., Lake Junaluska

The Rev. Stephanie Hand, church vitality strategist for the Western N.C. Conference of the United Methodist Church, will be the featured speaker. Special music will be provided by Todd Alston and Rockell Scott and Taylor Scott-Whiteside.

Tickets for the prayer breakfast cost $17 for adults and $8 for children and students.

A portion of the proceeds will go to the Eggleston-Osborne Scholarship fund in memory of Wilbur Eggleston and Elsie J. Osborne, two African-American educators of Haywood County whose educational, unwavering influence and determination have impacted many local families.

For more information about any of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. events, call Tammy McDowell at 215-0296.

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