Parade, prayer breakfast will mark MLK Jr. Day

Jan. 18, 2013 @ 06:35 PM

This weekend several events around Monroe will commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. 

The annual parade will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20 in Downtown Monroe. At 6 p.m. on Sunday, there will be an inter-denominational service at Central United Methodist Church on Hayne Street. 

Monday morning at 6 a.m., the sold out sixth annual prayer breakfast will be held at Wingate University. The sixth annual youth contest will be held from noon until 3 p.m. and the Bazemore Center.

Mary Harrell, president of the Union County nonprofit Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Inc., said the events are popular. The prayer breakfast has been sold out for two weeks and the youth contest had about 200 people last year. 

The purpose of the weekend is "to remember Dr. Martin Luther King for the struggle...he stood up for all races," Harrell said. "He was for everybody."

Harrell believes there is more work to be done to reach King's dream. 

"Everything is not where it should be, in my opinion," Harrell said. "There's a lot yet to be done."

"(We are) trying to involve the youth and talk them about Dr. King, so what he stood for will go on," Harrell said. 

She hopes the events will help people remember King's message. 

"I think it will help because more people are getting involved and they're teaching their youth more about Dr. King," Harrell said.

Harrell has been involved with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Inc for the past 15 years. She has served as president for the past eight years. 

Across the nation, the holiday has become a day of service in many communities. Wingate University students will be going into the community for various service projects.