January 2019

Celebrating Dr. King’s birthday with a weekend celebration January 19th-January 21st

Author: CH2 Press Release

The Town of Bluffton celebrates the life and legacy of a leader who challenged all to be the change they wish to see in their communities and champion a world that provided justice, peace and equity for all.

Celebrating Dr. King’s birthday with a weekend celebration January 19th-January 21st

BLUFFTON, SC (January 1st) – The Bluffton MLK Observance Committee
will celebrate the 90th birthday of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a weekend celebration of activities during the third week of January. The highlight event will be a gala entitled “Black Excellence Ball.” This is a formal event open to the public with tickets available for $65 in advance and $75 at the door. The event will be held at Sun City Pinckney Hall, and will be a night dedicated to the recognition of unspoken heroes and champions within the African American community, all of whom embody the legacy Dr. King worked tirelessly to build. The weekend will end with a Memorial Program/March/Unity Picnic on Monday January 21st at M.C. Riley Elementary where there will be performances from local youth groups, commentary from local leaders and a visual presentation. After the memorial program, there will be a march that begins on Pritchard St. and ends at the Bluffton Oyster Factory Park where there will be a free picnic for the public. Everyone is encouraged to bring a case of water to donate to the clean water initiative in Denmark, SC. Also any restaurant or individual interested in donating food items to the community picnic should email bri30real@gmail.com

• Saturday’s event “Black Excellence Ball,” is a collaborative event hosted by The Bluffton and Hilton Head MLK Committees. The event will consist of performances, awards, live entertainment from JD Music Group, catered buffet, dancing, jazz, cash bar, soul and a night of sheer excellence. Location: Sun City Pinckney Hall reception 6:00PM Event begins at 6:30PM ends at 10:00PM. For ticket information visit Eventbrite.com or contact Bridgette Frazier (561)452-3703 or Faquita Aiken (843) 295-0099 All are welcome

• Monday: Memorial Program/March/Unity Picnic: community leaders, clergy, citizens, organizations and youth groups will gather to celebrate the birthday of a martyr, who sacrificed his life for the shared commitment of equity for all. We will have amazing performances from local church youth groups, dance schools, etc. At the closing of the program, there will be a march from Pritchard St.~ to the Oyster Factory Park for a unity picnic where we will continue to build on King’s vision to bridge gaps within in our communities, and to foster greater dialogue and commitment to one another. Location: M.C. Riley Elementary and The Bluffton Oyster Factory Park. Volunteers are needed. Any group interested in performing during Monday’s memorial program should contact Bridgette Frazier at (561)452-3703. All are welcome

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born January 15th, 1929 in Atlanta, GA. On January 21st, the Bluffton Community will join other communities across this country to pay tribute to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King was killed by an assassin’s bullet on April 4, 1968. He will long be remembered as a spiritual and civil rights leader. He especially will be remembered as a dreamer who had visualized this country being a nation where a person would not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

In 1985, under the leadership of Rev. S.L. McPherson; former pastor of Campbell Chapel A.M.E. Church, the African-American churches in the community united; namely First Zion Missionary Baptist Church and St. John Baptist Church, along with other community leaders, to organize and present programs and activities to commemorate the birthday of Dr. King under the theme; “We Remember.”

In the thirty-four years since the committee has continue to observe Dr. King’s birthday by implementing annual banquets, community worship services, marches and programs that involve young and old, and all ethnicities to pay tribute to this great legend. Proceeds from these activities since our inception have been awarded to the following organizations and to persons requiring assistance due to medical conditions.

The Bluffton Community Center
The Bluffton Children’s Center
The family of the late Isabelle Washington
The late Catherine Fraser
Michael C. Riley PTSO
Christmas fruit baskets to area sick and shut-in
The Boys & Girls Club
Bluffton Self Help, Inc.
Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity
MLK Achievement Scholarships for Bluffton students
Youth programs at Campbell Chapel A.M.E., St. John Baptist, First Zion & Bible Missionary Baptist Churches
Back to School Fun Day and the Community Easter Egg Hunt
Campbell Chapel AME Soup Kitchen

We realize that the struggle for equality, justice, education and political freedom is not embraced by all, but in the words of Dr. King, “If America is to become a first class nation, it must first create first class citizens.” Your presence during these activities indicates your commitment to continue Dr. King’s dream, not only during this week and during these activities, but through your continued participation in our schools, churches and most importantly through exercising your political freedom.

In closing, we will summarize the thought of this committee through two of Dr. King’s quotes which speaks of commitment and challenge: “A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live. The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of challenge and controversy. If you can’t run, walk, if you can’t walk; crawl, but by all means keep moving!”

For further information, please contact:
Bridgette Frazier
President, The Bluffton MLK Observance Committee

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