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'There is still hope in the dream:' Events around Richmond County to honor Dr. King

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The annual MLK Commemorative Parade is one of several activities planned throughout Richmond County to honor the late civil rights icon The annual MLK Commemorative Parade is one of several activities planned throughout Richmond County to honor the late civil rights icon RO file photo

ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond County Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Foundation Committee has a list of events this weekend to honor the civil rights icon.

The celebration kicks off at 8 p.m. Friday night with the annual gala at Liberty Place in downtown Rockingham. This year's theme is: "There is still hope in the dream."

Several activities are slated for Saturday, starting with a 9 a.m. prayer breakfast at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital-Richmond, followed by the commemorative parade/march through downtown Rockingham. The parade is at noon, with participants assembling at Leath Memorial Library.

Later in the afternoon, the James C. and Ruth Watkins Cultural Center on Leak Street will host a Youth Speak Out from 3-5 p.m. and a Youth Extravaganza at 7 p.m.

First Baptist Church in Hamlet will host an ecumenical worship service at 5 p.m., with Torian McKenzie as the guest speaker.

Events conclude on Monday with a noon luncheon at Sidney Grove Agape Center in Ellerbe. The guest speaker will be Elder Tommy Legrand, pastor of Prayer and Faith Temple Church of God in Christ.

For more information, contact Curtis Ingram at 910-206-1240.