Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration Jan. 21

Several local churches and community organizations are coming together to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during a free, public celebration on Thursday, Jan. 21, at Friendship Chapel Baptist Church, 237 Friendship Chapel Road.

Area residents are invited to attend the observance, beginning with a light meal at 6 p.m. followed by the program at 7 p.m.

Dr. Thomas Jackson will be the featured speaker.

The evening’s theme will center around one of King’s messages: “Not everyone can be famous, but everyone can be great…Greatness is determined by service.”

The Martin Luther King Committee is offering a slate of contests for students in Wake Forest and Rolesville-area schools. Based on the event’s theme, the contests consist of creative performances, including dancing, singing and speaking; writing, which includes essays and poetry; and art, including drawing and painting. The contest winners will be recognized during the program.

Local groups contributing to the celebration include the Wake Forest Human Relations Council, Friendship Chapel Baptist Church, Heritage Baptist Church, Wake Forest Baptist Church and Wakefield Family Church. Other supporters include Faith Tabernacle United Holy Church, Corinth UCC, New Bethel Rolesville, Olive Branch Baptist Church, Wake Forest Methodist Church and the Kiwanis Club of Wake Forest.

For more information, contact Margo Grant at 908-672-8115.

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