Hundreds encouraged to make difference at King breakfast - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Hundreds encouraged to make difference at King breakfast

Most offices and schools were closed on Monday, but that didn't stop more than 200 people from waking up early for the Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration in Brunswick County. Most offices and schools were closed on Monday, but that didn't stop more than 200 people from waking up early for the Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration in Brunswick County.

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Most offices and schools were closed on Monday, but that didn't stop more than 200 people from waking up early for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration in Brunswick County.

This was the 20th year that the King celebration committee hosted a roundtable breakfast for the community at Trinity United Methodist Church in Southport.

The primary objective each year is to challenge youths throughout the area to perform acts of kindness and acts of justice. It's all part of a tribute to the life legacy and teaching of the late Dr. King.

The keynote speaker was senior staff attorney Elizabeth Haddix from the UNC School of Law Center for Civil Rights.

After the ceremony, participants were asked to take on the 2014 King Challenge, an activity to promote service in the community. In an effort to encourage service programs, based on the philosophy of Dr. King, the celebration committee has initiated this program, which they believe will provide an opportunity for participants to experience a sense of satisfaction and greatness from their service.

The celebration committee also promoted "Project: Do Something." This is the second year that the celebration committee is hosting this initiative. Project: Do Something is a hands-on, youth-based approach to community involvement which allows young people to develop strong character and self-confidence. By staying involved in the local community, leaders believe that the children can acquire the leadership skills to be active, lifelong citizens.

Ralph Parker, a spokesperson for the MLK celebration committee says inspiring the youth of our community is half the battle.

"If we can inspire our youth to get out there and help somebody or help their community or give back in any way possible then we've done our job," said Parker. "I think Dr. King would be proud to see that."

The celebration committee reports they've had hundreds of people sign up for the King Challenge. Additionally, dozens of youth participants have signed up for "Project: Do Something."

The celebration committee is already planning the 21st annual Dr. King birthday celebration in Brunswick County for next year.

Copyright 2014 WECT. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Hall of Fame billiards player Mike Massey using pool to spread the word of God

    Hall of Fame billiards player Mike Massey using pool to spread the word of God

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 12:14 AM EDT2017-07-26 04:14:13 GMT

    Mike Massey says he's been on a mission since he had a spiritual experience.  He's using pool and the bible to spread the word through his Gospel Trick Shot Ministry.  

    More >>

    Mike Massey says he's been on a mission since he had a spiritual experience.  He's using pool and the bible to spread the word through his Gospel Trick Shot Ministry.  

    More >>
  • Biloxi Shuckers held off the Blue Wahoos 5-4 in Pensacola Tuesday night

    Biloxi Shuckers held off the Blue Wahoos 5-4 in Pensacola Tuesday night

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 10:39 PM EDT2017-07-26 02:39:53 GMT

    The Biloxi Shuckers were coasting under the win column until Pensacola exploded for three runs in the bottom of the ninth to close the gap.  Luckily, Biloxi would close the door on the Blue Wahoos rally.

    More >>

    The Biloxi Shuckers were coasting under the win column until Pensacola exploded for three runs in the bottom of the ninth to close the gap.  Luckily, Biloxi would close the door on the Blue Wahoos rally.

    More >>
  • Bus drivers preparing for school year

    Bus drivers preparing for school year

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 10:38 PM EDT2017-07-26 02:38:14 GMT
    234 Harrison County School District buses hit the roads every day. (Photo source: WLOX News)234 Harrison County School District buses hit the roads every day. (Photo source: WLOX News)

    In less than two weeks most schools across the Coast will be back in session and the roads will be filled with school buses.  Leading up to the first day of school Harrison County offers training for new bus drivers with the focus on a top priority. 

    More >>

    In less than two weeks most schools across the Coast will be back in session and the roads will be filled with school buses.  Leading up to the first day of school Harrison County offers training for new bus drivers with the focus on a top priority. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly