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PCC to Celebrate Life of Martin Luther King

Jan. 18th Breakfast to Raise Funds for Multicultural Affairs Scholarship

Josephine Horne will be the featured speaker this week, when PCC holds its annual MLK Celebration on Friday. Horne, who has held positions at various government agencies, including the Bureau of Public Debt, the U.S. Information Agency, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the Drug Enforcement Agency, was present for Martin Luther King's famous "I Have a Dream Speech" in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28, 1963. Her presentation is free and open to the public.

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College will kick off its annual Black History Month festivities Jan. 18 with a pair of on-campus events that celebrate the life of Civil Rights pioneer Martin Luther King, Jr.

Leading off Friday’s agenda will be a “Multicultural Affairs Scholarship Breakfast” in the Craig F. Goess Student Center faculty/staff lounge. The event, which will take place from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., will feature a presentation by Rev. Sidney Locks, a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. to which King once belonged.

Tickets to the breakfast are $10 and must be purchased in advance. They are available in PCC’s Office of Institutional Advancement, which is located in room two of the Vernon E. White Building, and may also be purchased by calling (252) 493-7287. Proceeds from the event will be used to establish a Multicultural Affairs scholarship at the college.

Locks, who chairs the Board for Total Christian Ministries, is the former pastor of Greenville’s Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church. He is also a former member of the N.C. House of Representatives and once led a gifts-in-kind ministry that provided relief to Hurricane Floyd victims in 1999. 

Following the breakfast will be a presentation by Josephine Horne in the Goess Student Center multipurpose room at 10 a.m. Horne, who is the director of Farmville’s H.B. Suggs Community Day Care Center, will offer a personal account of her experience in Washington, D.C., nearly 50 years ago, when King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream Speech.” She will take questions from audience members following her presentation, which is free and open to the public.

PCC is planning to celebrate Black History Month throughout February with programs focusing on this year’s national theme – “At the Crossroads of Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington.”

Later this year, the nation will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation as well as the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington – two important milestones in the fight for civil rights and African-American history.