MLK Jr. Celebration 2018

Strength to Love, Courage to Change

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Breakfast

In commemoration of the living legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the Town of Mooresville will host its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration with a number of activities across the community. In addition, citizens will also take part in the MLK Day of Service, a community-driven effort to give back to the surrounding communities.

Overview

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Breakfast

This year’s keynote speaker is Statesville native, ECU graduate and Super Bowl Champion, Vinson Smith.


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We Invite YOU to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's legacy!

Hear from Town of Mooresville Deputy Town Manager Angel Wright-Lanier for this year's slate of events.

Scheduled Events

This 2-day celebration carries the theme, "Strength to Love, Courage to Change." click the dates below to see scheduled events.

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11:00 AM Mooresville Public Library 304 South Main Street

Storytelling with Kelly Starling Lyons (Children’s Book Author)

Kelly Starling Lyons is an award-winning children’s book author whose mission is to transform moments, memories and history into stories of discovery.


Kelly Starling Lyons is a children's book author and founding member of The Brown Bookshelf, a team of authors and illustrators dedicated to raising awareness of black children's book creators. As a kid, she rarely saw stories for young readers that featured characters of color. Her mission is to make sure children today have a different reality. Her books include NEATE: Eddie's Ordeal; CCBC Choices-honored picture book, One Million Men and Me; Ellen's Broom, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor book, Junior Library Guild and Bank Street Best selection, Tea Cakes for Tosh and Hope's Gift, Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People and One More Dino on the Floor, a Scholastic Reading Club pick. Her new chapter book series debuted in September with two titles: Jada Jones: Rock Star and Jada Jones: Class Act. Learn more about Kelly here.


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12:00 PM Mooresville Public Library 304 South Main Street

Community Service Project benefiting Hope of Mooresville

Join the Mooresville community as we put together snack kits to benefit the homeless women and children staying at the Hope of Mooresville. In addition, starting January 2nd, we will be collecting items for donation towards the snack kits to include small waters, juice boxes, granola bars, goldfish, fruit snacks, small hand sanitizers

**Drop off your donations at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, Town Hall, Mooresville Public Library, Mooresville Graded School District, Lowe’s YMCA and The Homestead at the Farms (420 Agnew Road Mooresville, NC 28117)**


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2:00 PM The Charles Mack Citizen Center 215 North Main Street

Freedom on My Mind (FREE MOVIE)

Freedom on My Mind is a 1994 feature documentary film that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, won that year's Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. It is the first film to chronicle, in depth, the story of Freedom Summer in Mississippi.


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4:00 PM The Charles Mack Citizen Center 215 North Main Street

Selma PG13 (FREE MOVIE)

Selma is a 2014 American historical drama film directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb. It is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel, Hosea Williams, Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Lewis.


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7:00 PM The Charles Mack Citizen Center 215 North Main Street

Red Tails PG13 (FREE MOVIE)

Red Tails is a 2012 American war film directed by Anthony Hemingway in his feature film directorial debut, and starring Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding Jr. The film is about the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African-American United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) servicemen during World War II. The characters in the film are fictional, although based on real individuals.


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8:30 AM The Charles Mack Citizen Center 215 North Main Street

Breakfast and Program

Breakfast will be provided by Bouk Catering and entertainment provided by Matrimony Mimes. This year’s keynote speaker is Statesville native, ECU graduate and Super Bowl Champion, Vinson Smith.

Vincent Smith is a former American Football Linebacker who spent 12 years in the National Football League. Vinson was a standout for Statesville Senior High School before graduating and attending East Carolina University where he was a two-time MVP and inducted into the East Carolina Football Hall of Fame in 2003. After going undrafted, Vinson started training camp with the Atlanta Falcons in 1988, and played with the Pittsburg Steelers on the practice squad before landing with the Dallas Cowboys in 1990. He became a Super Bowl champion with the Dallas Cowboys in 1992 as their starting linebacker. In 1995, Vinson was awarded the Ed Block Courage Award as a member of the Chicago Bears. He finished his career with the New Orleans Saints and retired in 2000.

After retiring, Vinson moved back to his hometown, held many football training camps for the youth of Iredell County, and coached the Piedmont Paladins at Statesville Christian School. On May 23, 2016, Vinson was inducted into the first class of the Iredell County Hall of Fame. He currently owns his own business, JPC Bail Bonding, and resides in Statesville with his wife, Maria. They have five children and six grandchildren.

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10:30 AM The Charles Mack Citizen Center 215 North Main Street

MLK Jr. Unity March


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