Committee to celebrate March on Washington
by Iris Hunter Richmond County Daily Journal
On Aug. 28 at 12 p.m., the M. L. King Celebration Committee will hold a short program on Harrington Square in Rockingham in honor of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
“The march on Washington was a culmination of the civil rights movement and the civil rights movement ended in civil rights legislation,” said J.C. Watkins, chairperson of the committee.
At the event, about 10 people, including elected local and state officials, will share their thoughts including Steve Morris, the mayor of Rockingham, Richmond County Sheriff James Clemmons Jr., a representative of U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson’s office, and general assembly representatives.
During the program there will also be a young man who will recite excerpts from Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream Speech,” and a member of the committee will sing one verse of “We Shall Over Come.”
Watkins stated that at the end of the event there will be a countdown from the number 10 and 50 yellow balloons — with a picture of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on them — will be released.
Individuals who participate in the event are encouraged to wear their Martin Luther King Jr. T-Shirt.
Watkins feels that having this event is important because Dr. King has helped to make many positive changes in our nation.
“This is important because Dr. King and his movement has made more changes in this country than any one individual has made. He is the only person that Congress has ever voted that his birthday be a national holiday,” Watkins said.
This event is sponsored by the M. L. King Celebration Committee, which was started by Watkins in the late 1980s with about 20 individuals.
The committee celebrated the 25th anniversary of the March on Washington at Richmond Community College 25 years ago and has a program every year in Dr. King’s honor on the Monday that is nearest to his birthday.
For more information about the event, contact Watkins at 910-997-6238.
— Staff Writer Iris Hunter can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 18, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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