‘Remember, Celebrate, Act’ theme of MLK Day march

Scene from last year's MLK Day march

People Helping People for Progress (PHPP), launched in 2001 by founder Thomas Lee Kemp, continues to carry on the work started by Kemp almost two decades ago and is organizing the annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Day March in Fayetteville.

The theme this year is “Remember, Celebrate, Act”.

Kemp passed on Aug. 17, 2018; however, the remaining members of PHPP are dedicated to keeping the primary goal of PHPP alive – to educate the children and people of Fayetteville and the surrounding areas of Dr. King’s great legacy.

Kemp desired to keep Dr. King’s dream alive by ensuring the annual celebration of his birthday, Jan. 15, 1929, was not just a holiday from school and work, but a day to perform service in the community and experience the sense of activism as the greatest Civil Rights leader did through marching.

This year’s march will commence on Monday, Jan. 20, at 10 a.m., at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, located at 305 West Maple Street, and proceed to the Lincoln County Courthouse in downtown Fayetteville.

There will be acknowledgements from city and county officials at the bandstand on the courthouse lawn.

The march will then continue on to St. Paul A.M.E. Church, 521 West College Street, where service pastor, the Rev. Dr. Charles Holsey, will officiate the King Day Program, consisting of readings/performances from the area’s children, musical selections from The Men of Fayetteville’s Choir and a message from the keynote speaker, Attorney Ray Fraley.

All are encouraged and welcomed to participate in the march, as well as attend the program. Refreshments will be served in St. Paul’s Fellowship Hall immediately following the program.

Please contact Barbara Kemp at 931-433-0252 for additional information.

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