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Community to gather Jan. 23 to honor MLK

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WAKE FOREST — Several local churches and community organizations will sponsor a free, public celebration honoring the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on Thursday, Jan. 23, at Friendship Chapel Baptist Church, 237 Friendship Chapel Road.

Area residents are invited to attend the observance, beginning with a light meal at 6 p.m. followed by the program at 7 p.m.

The evening’s theme will center around one of King’s messages: “Only in the darkness can you see the stars.” In the spirit of the event theme, the Martin Luther King Committee is offering creative performance, writing and art competitions for students in Wake Forest and Rolesville-area schools.

Complete contest rules and information, along with the online contest entry form is available at

The competition winners will be recognized during the Jan. 23 program.

Local groups contributing to the celebration include the Wake Forest Human Relations Council, Friendship Chapel Baptist Church, Heritage Baptist Church, Wake Forest Baptist Church and Kingdom Family International Church.

Other supporters include Faith Tabernacle United Holy Church, Corinth UCC, New Bethel Rolesville, Olive Branch Baptist Church, Wake Forest Methodist Church, the Wake Forest Optimist Club and the Kiwanis Club of Wake Forest.

For more information, contact Margo Grant at 919-435-7101.