America’s Hometown Happenings: January 13 – 16

January 12, 2017
Martin Luther King Jr. Parade Fayetteville NC

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade

Every day this long holiday weekend, the communities of Cumberland County are celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Several organizations and civic groups plan special events each year in honor of the great leader and community activist. This weekend, visitors and locals may enjoy a prayer breakfast in Spring Lake or Fayetteville, head downtown for the parade, or join worshipers at a special service.

Spring Lake’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast, Spring Lake Community Center – Friday, January 13
Join the Town of Spring Lake and Spring Lake Ministerial Alliance for a special ceremony and a buffet-style breakfast. This year’s featured guest speaker is Mayor Chris Rey.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade, Downtown Fayetteville – Saturday, January 14
Gather the family and make your way downtown to watch the parade. Focused on celebrating Dr. King’s life, the parade typically features school bands, churches, civic groups, and more.

24th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Worship Service, Lewis Chapel Missionary Baptist Church – Sunday, January 15
Honor the memory of Dr. King’s role as a minister at this special worship service—a longstanding tradition that is organized by the Fayetteville-Cumberland County Ministerial Alliance. This year’s keynote speaker is Rev. Dr. Cureton L. Johnson of the First Baptist Church (Moore Street).

24th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast, Crown Expo Center – Monday, January 16
Join the Fayetteville-Cumberland County Ministerial Council at this largely attended, annual celebration. Rev. Dr. Otis McMillan, Director of Bureau of World Evangelism A.M.E. Zion, will be serving as the keynote speaker.

Martin Luther King Jr. Fayetteville NC

Martin Luther King Jr. Park

You can learn about Fayetteville’s Martin Luther King Jr. Park, as well as other sites included on our African-American Heritage Trail, in this week’s featured blog, “On the Trail of African-American History.” There is plenty more to see and do in the communities of Cumberland County this weekend, and details on those may be found on the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Calendar of Events.

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