Special Events Mark the Birthday of the Civil Rights Leader


Fayetteville, NC  - As a leader in the Civil Rights movement,  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. peacefully brought about changes that led to greater equality for all Americans. On the third Monday in January, the United States celebrates a holiday commemorating Dr. King. From January 15 through January 21, Cumberland County organizations also honor Dr. King.  

January 15 at 11:45 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.  / Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Commemoration 
Fort Bragg hosts its annual commemoration of Dr. King's life and service with a theme of "Remember, Celebrate, & Act." The 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division is organizing this year's commemoration, and Maj. Gen. Scott Dingle will be the featured guest speaker. There will also be a special food sampling offered, to represent the last meal prepared for Dr. King. Call 910-396-5167 for more details. 

January 18 at 9:00 a.m. / Spring Lake Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast - Spring Lake Ministerial Alliance honors the life and legacy of Dr. King. Larry Dobbins, Mayor of Spring Lake is the guest speaker. The event is held at the Spring Lake Community Center.   For more information, call 910-309-8515

January 19 at 12:00 p.m. / Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade - Join in the celebration of Dr. King’s life at this annual downtown parade. Parade route runs from Person Street to Hay Street and ends on Winslow Avenue. For more information, call 910-261-2491.

 January 20 at 5:00 p.m. / Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Worship Service - At Rivers of the Living Water Church of God, the Fayetteville/Cumberland Ministerial Council hosts a worship service to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. King. The 5:00 p.m. service features keynote speaker Rev. Dr. Floyd Wicker,  Assistant Pastor at First Baptist Church in Fayetteville. For more information, call 910-624-7785.

 January 21 at 8:00 a.m.  / 26th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast - Cumberland County Ministerial Council’s annual Commemoration of Dr. King’s life is held at the Crown Expo Center. Keynote speaker is Dr. Joseph High. Tickets are $20 to $25.  For more information, call 910-624-7785.

January 21 at 7:00 p.m. / Fayetteville State University Dance Ensemble, in collaboration with Durham's Koffee Dance Company present "Civil Rights and the Hip-Hop Generation," at Seabrook Auditoriam.  The performance is free. For more information, call 910-672-1724

After attending one of these special events, consider visiting the Martin Luther King Jr. Park. The park, located on Blue Street, holds a monument of Dr. King that bears quotes from speeches throughout his career. The park is one of the 22 sites on the community’s African –American Cultural Heritage trail. Follow this link to learn more.

 About Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau:

Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (FACVB) is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, tournaments and individual travel. For additional information, visit www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com or call 1-800-255-8217.