Community to celebrate MLK holiday

Jan 02, 2014
Tausha Forney, left, and her mother, Lin Forney, were two of many marchers on Main and Pigeon streets for the Martin Luther King Jr. pride march last year.

The community is invited to join in celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day all through the holiday weekend.

Events will begin at 11 a.m. Jan. 18 with a pride march through downtown Waynesville. The march will begin at the Justice Center on Main Street and will end at Pigeon Community Multicultural Development Center on Pigeon Street.

A commemorative service will be held at 3 p.m. Jan. 19 at Longs Chapel United Methodist Church at Lake Junaluska with senior pastor Dr. Chuck Wilson. The speaker will be Rev. Reginald Eldridge, pastor of Harris Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church.

A prayer breakfast will be held at 8 a.m. Jan. 20 at Lambuth Inn dining room at Lake Junaluska. The speaker will be Dudley E. Flood, a retired school administrator in Raleigh. Chuck Beatie, aka Dr. Blues, a blues aficionado and music historian from Asheville, will provide entertainment. Breakfast tickets cost $15 for adults, $8 for students and children 8 and younger eat free.

For more information, call Tammy McDowell at 215-0296 or Rocky Tucker at 246-2588, Ann McAdams at 648-3363, Lunia Williams at 648-5471, Christiana Gibson at 648-1233 or Agnes Bryson at 456-6816.

Tickets may also be purchased at the Administration Building at Lake Junaluska.