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Upcoming event to honor King’s legacy

The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be honored later this month in Mount Airy with an evening of music, awards, special remarks and other activities designed to inspire those attending.

This will occur on Jan. 18 during a program called “In the Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Surry Countians Continuing the Dream,” which is in its 15th year.

The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. that day at Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, 301 N. Main St. The public is invited to the program, for which admission is free but donations will be accepted.

It is being presented by the Mount Airy/Surry County Branch of the National Association of University Women.

The program will be focused on inspiration and unity, according to Cheryl “Yellow Fawn” Scott, charter president of the local group and a co-organizer of the event along with LaDonna McCarther.

“This is the year for inspiration, because it’s been such a rough time in our country,” Scott said Friday of one goal for the Jan. 18 event and how lessons from years ago can be applied to what’s happening today.

“It’s just a time for being inspired by the past — as we are looking to the future, we are able to look at the life of Dr. Martin Luther King and the work of Surry Countians who are continuing the dream,” she said.

The 15th-annual MLK program is described as an occasion for healing which will highlight the sacrifices, love, learning, service, perseverance and hope of the African-American community of Surry County, along with “striving for unity,” Scott said.

“We again will be honoring a Young Dreamer,” she added of one award to be bestowed during the event, along with Dreamer of the Year recognition for an adult who has best exemplified such ideals.

“Dynamic” performer

The annual MLK observance at the museum typically features entertainment elements and this year will be no different, said Scott, who is particularly excited about the presence of Hilda Willis on the program.

Willis is a producer, director and performing artist who lives in Pilot Mountain and is a town commissioner there. She operates Hilda’s Place in Pilot Mountain, which features visual and fine art along with performance aspects.

“And she is dynamic,” Scott said of Willis.

Marie Nicholson also will be part of the program that is to include various musicians.

Its format has proven to be popular with audiences eager to come out on a winter Saturday night and enjoy an uplifting gathering.

“We’ve just had a full house for the last several years,” Scott said, and organizers are encouraging everyone to be a part of this month’s event.

“We’re excited.”

Light refreshments will be offered after the program.

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Cheryl “Yellow Fawn” Scott, left, and LaDonna McCarther, co-directors of the 2019 “In the Spirit of Martin Luther King Jr: Surry Countians Continuing the Dream” event, enjoy a musical number. Scott and McCarther also are organizing this year’s program.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/web1_King-event-this.jpgCheryl “Yellow Fawn” Scott, left, and LaDonna McCarther, co-directors of the 2019 “In the Spirit of Martin Luther King Jr: Surry Countians Continuing the Dream” event, enjoy a musical number. Scott and McCarther also are organizing this year’s program.

By Tom Joyce

tjoyce@mtairynews.com

Tom Joyce may be reached at 336-415-4693 or on Twitter @Me_Reporter.

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