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.
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