Tickets Still Available for MLK Tribute Breakfast

Statue of civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King Jr. in Birmingham, Alabama.

WINTERVILLE—Tickets for Pitt Community College’s 2023 MLK Scholarship Tribute Breakfast are still available and may be purchased online or in-person by individuals interested in celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s lifetime of civil rights service.

The Jan. 12 program begins at 9 a.m. in the Craig F. Goess Student Center’s Davenport Multipurpose Room. Halifax County native Greg Hedgepeth, director of Marketing and Communications for N.C. State University’s graduate school, will serve as keynote speaker.

“Our theme for the 2023 MLK Tribute is ‘empowering voices through advocacy,’” said Jasmin L. Spain, PCC Assistant Vice President of Student Development and Community Standards. “It’s going to be a great program for a great cause, and we’re excited about having Greg Hedgepeth, a first-generation college student and East Carolina University graduate, as our speaker.”

Tickets to the tribute, which will be catered by GK Café, are $15 per person. They’re available for purchase in the Vernon E. White Building (Room 109) or by visiting the PCC Foundation website.

Proceeds from the event fund the PCC Multicultural Activities Committee (MAC) Scholarship, which is presented to a Pitt student each year during the MLK tribute. Spain said MAC established the award to provide PCC students opportunities to “live the dream that Dr. King referenced in many of his speeches.”

Spain, a MAC member, said this year’s MAC Scholarship will be awarded in honor of Minerva Freeman, president of Freeman Consultant Group and Pitt County Family Development Corp., Inc. Located in Fountain, the organization provides social and educational programs that benefit the lives of families in Pitt County and surrounding communities.

With more than 65 percent of PCC’s student population receiving some form of financial aid, Spain says the MAC Scholarship and others like it go a long way toward making college accessible to the entire community.

“For those who cannot attend the tribute but would still like to support it, we hope they’ll consider making a donation or purchasing a ticket and sponsoring a student,” Spain said. “It’ll be an experience they’ll certainly remember.”

More details are available by contacting Spain at (252) 493-7769 or PCC instructor Regina Garcia, a MAC member, at (252) 493-7568.