Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast Saturday

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By David Meade

The Town of Williamston will host a Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast this Saturday, Jan. 17 at 9 a.m. at the Artory. Williamston Ward One Town Councilman Tony Hagood is organizing the event. The breakfast will commemorate Dr. King’s life and legacy and will include live entertainment, special guest speakers and recognition of 2014 Black History Month Honorees.

Greenville County Council District 3 representative Jil Littlejohn is the featured speaker. Littlejohn is a native of inner-city Atlanta and is the first female President and CEO of the Urban League of the Upstate.

She is a member of the National Urban League Young Professionals Executive Board and has won numerous awards for her extensive community service. She is also founder of The Talented Tenth Greenvile Leadership Conference.

Pastor Tiko Thurman will have the invocation. Saxophonist Leisha J will provide live entertainment during the breakfast.

Williamston’s First African-American Councilman and Mayor Pro-Tem Dr. Harold J. Mackey and Dr. Grady Butler will speak.

There will also be a special recognition of Ralph Holloway, a former Williamston resident who was recently inducted into the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame.

Hagood said he is expecting 150 people to attend the first annual breakfast honoring the civil rights leader. The breakfast is by invitation and R.S.V.P. is required. The Artory is located in the former National Guard Armory at 123 Gossett Drive in Williamston.