Citizen of Ayden, North Carolina denied general funds for
MARTIN LUTHER KING HOLIDAY
Our names are Ivory Mewborn and Veronica Brown; we live in Ayden, North Carolina. We have less than five thousand people in this town. I know our problem is not unique, but we need help. We are planning to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr Holiday. Our Town manager has denied helping with the town general funds. We only asked for four hundred dollars to supply refreshments, but they give to the things such as little leagues for their children, sending white girls to visit possible college sites. I have no problem with any of this but when the same citizens ask for help to celebrate Dr. King we were just denied without reason. I mind you we ask for this fund months ago. Last year the town hall conducted a zoning meeting when there was no other town office open in the nation. This on its own was a direct contradiction to the nation’s Legal law, when No official, county, state or federal office is to be open for any type of transactions of a legal holiday.
We are seeking help to continue to honor Dr. King. We have citizen in our town that has formed an organization for the better of all people. We strive to do the right things to all humankind but there are those you would have us to continue in the cotton fields. We the black citizens of Ayden have been denied long enough our due rights and this is one, we will not lie down.
Here is a letter from a citizen in our town expressing his feelings.
I am writing this note in response to a request made by a group of dedicated citizens of Ayden, NC to secure partial funding for our annual Martin Luther King March and celebration. In being denied any funds, I find this appalling to me that the town of Ayden would deny funding to the citizens to carry on this tradition of such a great man who was instrumental in changing the old American way. To me, I truly feel that this is a slap in the face to be denied my own taxpayer dollars. Dollars that has given to other individuals or organizations that are not 501-C qualified, oh by the way this one of the alleged reason cited for denial of the funds. I think that is time for Ayden to snap out of its old Jim Crow ways, and realize what is good for one is also good for the other.
We would like to invite you, your organization to come and be a part of Celebrating Dr. King and reunite our voices.
We Stand Alone
Citizens of Ayden