I have been celebrating the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday for around 20 years having to take a vacation day from work.
Every year I observe not only the holiday celebrations but I observe closely who are hosting the celebrations and who attend the celebrations. But I don’t stop there I look at the hosts and those who attend what they were doing leading up to and then after the celebrations are over.
On Saturday evening January 13, 2018 6:00 PM I attended and captured on video/photos the Edgecombe County Entrepreneurs 28th Annual Banquet. It is always well attended and even if all of the folk do not show up, the banquet is a sell out.
I was wondering what would the Keynote Speaker for the evening have to say because I knew him but had never heard him speak. For me just anyone should not be able to speak during the Dr. MLK, Jr. Celebrations. I have been knowing the speaker David Joyner Founder of Joyner’s Media & Strategies, Inc. Rocky Mount for several years. He used to manage the Gateway Centre in Rocky Mount until it closed. Joyner also was a co-host on FM 99.3 Morning Talk Show with Dave Perkins until it was stopped by the owners of the station. I used to call in and go on the morning talk show from time to time. I was very pleased with the keynote address that Joyner brought forth.
I enjoyed all of the program especially where the children were recognized except when it got to the Citizenship Award. After listening to Carlton Jones Realtor and a member of the Entrepreneurs begin to talk about the award I was getting excited. When Jones talked about the most recent flood and when he asked for everyone who had participated in helping during the time of the flood to stand, I thought that was going to be a part of a nominee’s profile. But when Jones asked Rev. Wayne Hines to come forward to accept the award on behalf of all of the citizens of Edgecombe County whom helped out during the flood, I was totally shocked. I was what the hell?
As a citizen/flood victim I played a major role in all of the floods dating back to 1999 not just in Pinetops but across the county. I was a resource videoing the flooded areas attending and videoing numerous meetings posting online so folk could get information especially folk who could not be at the meetings. It was a damn insult to me and others whom gave of themselves for Jones to give the Citizenship Award to the Edgecombe County Commissioners on others and my behalf.
Talking about the flood and resources, because I attended the Edgecombe/Nash/Wilson/Halifax Counties Flood Committee held at the Red Cross in Nash County last year I was excited to bring the resources to Edgecombe County. I suggested that the meetings be moved to Tarboro since Edgecombe County was the hardest hit and had the most citizens affected. I suggested that since the well organized Michael’s Angels Distribution Center was up and rolling serving the citizens of Edgecombe County on Main Street in Tarboro with much space that we move the meetings there. I contacted Shanell Daniels and she was ready to host the meetings. After attending a couple of meetings I decided that I didn’t want to miss time out of work and that Shanell could handle things and I just stay in touch with her and stay on the email list. Michael’s Angels did a hell of a job servicing Edgecombe County flood victims receiving donations and etc. from across the state and nation. These children of Michael’s Angels should be commended for doing what some churches and adults didn’t do as they worked distributing goods to the flood victims and while some of the children were flood victims themselves.
If the Citizenship Award was based on the flood then Michael’s Angels should have received the award. The children deserved to be recognized not only during the Dr. MLK Jr. Banquet but these children should be recognized by all in the county be it churches and other entities. So many times I hear that our young folk are not doing anything positive but when there are some young folk doing good things, they are rarely recognized.
Do anyone realize how the children of Michael’s Angels would have responded if they had received such a prestigious award? Do anyone realize how giving the award to these children would have motivated them to continue to do what they do? Do anyone realize that recognizing these children it would possibly motivate other children to want to join Michael’s Angels or another group?
On Sunday January 14, 2018 5:00 PM I attended and videoed the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Candlelight Service held at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Rocky Mount NC. The Honorable Congressman G.K. Butterfield NC District 1 was the Keynote Speaker. As always my Congressman does a great job as he bring forth a powerful historical message.
On Monday January 15, 2018 8:00 AM I attended and videoed the Edgecombe County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Unity Breakfast where the Keynote Speaker was former Edgecombe County Commissioner Dr. Thomas L. Walker. The only problem I had with the breakfast was having to hear Rev. Roosevelt Higgs. LOL Higgs didn’t do too bad, just was long winded in his introduction of Dr. Walker. However though the problem I really had was there were no children on the program. I hope next year I hope young folk will be included.
On Monday January 15, 2018 after the Unity Breakfast I didn’t participate in the Annual March but I was at Edgecombe Community College waiting on the children to arrive for the Dr. MLK Jr. Annual Lunch With The King. The Keynote Speaker was The Honorable Edgecombe County Sheriff Clee Atkinson. The children participated all over the program. Sheriff Atkinson even had a young female to read something during his address. As always my Sheriff does a fabuloustastic job.
I ended my day on Monday January 15, 2018 as I traveled to North Pitt at 5 PM to video SouthWest high school basketball games. I normally don’t do anything other than celebrate the day be it going to celebrations or staying home getting on the internet. So I ended the day supporting the players.
Now that all of the celebrations are over, the posts of quotes about Dr. King have ceased, what you gone do now? What are you going to do to continue the legacy of Dr. King?