Monday’s Martin Luther King Day events in the Pee Dee
>> Martin Luther King Jr. Observance: 8:15 a.m. (gathering), 8:40 a.m. (line up) and 9 a.m. (march start) at Bethany Baptist Church, 205 W. Pearl St., Lamar. The march will also conclude at Bethany Baptist Church, where the Honorable Seth Whipper will deliver the keynote speech. Music will be provided by John Wesley UMC and Shaw Commander. In the event of inclement weather, the march will be cancelled and the celebration will begin at 9 a.m. in the church.
>> MLK March & Rally: 9 a.m. at Shekinah Glory Seventh Day Adventist Church, 803 Oakland Ave., Florence. Participants will honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy by silently marching for modern injustices. The march will begin at 10 a.m. and proceed to MLK Bridge; there will be a pause for prayer, followed by a march to the FMU Performing Arts Center and a program at the center. City buses will transport participants back to Oakland Avenue once the event ends.
>> Dedication ceremony: 11 a.m. at 500 Marion Ave., Hartsville. The City of Hartsville African American Cemetery Committee will dedicate a historical marker in conjunction with local Martin Luther King Jr. Day events. Speakers will reflect on the lives of those buried in the cemetery. Following the dedication, there will be a march to Jerusalem Baptist Church for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day program. The public is invited to attend.
>> MLK Day: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Pamplico. A parade through town will feature Kings, Queens and other special citizens on floats, cars and trucks.
>> Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration: 12:30 p.m. starting at Red Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 7702 Highway 908, Gresham. The march will proceed to Bethel AME Church. The keynote speaker will be the Rev. James P. Gause.
>> Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration: 7 p.m. at Mt. Zion AME Church, 1305 E. Cheves St., Florence. The Rev. Norman Gamble of New Ebenezer Baptist Church and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont, will speak. This year’s theme is “King’s Vision: Humanity Tied in a Garment of Destiny.” The public is invited to attend.