MARTIN LUTHER KING Prayer Breakfast Jan. 19 and Peace March Jan 21., Asheville
For many years the special events to honor Dr. King on the weekend of his birthday have been the primary focus of the MLK Association. Our Prayer Breakfast, Youth Awards Celebration, Candlelight Service, and March & Rally for justice have drawn huge crowds, positive press coverage, and important support in the community for Dr. King’s vision and our shared dreams.
On Saturday, January 19, 2019, at 8 a.m., citizens of Asheville and Buncombe County will celebrate our community’s 38th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast at the Crowne Plaza Resort on Resort Drive in West Asheville. We thank you for the invaluable support you and others in our community have given to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Association in past years, and we cordially invite you to join us once again as we celebrate our nation’s progress and forcefully face the obstacles to Dr. King’s dream that still confront us. This year our keynote speaker will be civil rights pioneer Ernest G. Green, one of the world-renowned Little Rock Nine, who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. in 1957. Click here for info
Peace March & Rally
The MLK Association holds several events during the national holiday weekend to commemorate Dr. King and build upon his legacy of peace and justice. On Monday, Jan. 21, the official King Holiday, a Peace March and Rally will take place beginning at 11:30 a.m. at St. James AME Church at Martin Luther King Drive and Hildebrand Street, followed at noon by a march to City-County Plaza to hear speakers on justice and peace. Click here for more March information
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