District Essay Contest Winners to be Announced
New Hanover County Schools (NHCS) and the Wilmington 50th Anniversary Commemoration Commission will host a special student assembly to celebrate the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) on April 4, 2018, at 10:00 a.m., in the Williston Middle School Gymnasium. The event will not only celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King and his commitment to promoting peace, social justice and reconciliation, but it will be an opportunity for students to learn what they can do to honor of Dr. King’s legacy. Students from the International School at Gregory, Williston Middle School and Parsley Elementary School will be in attendance. Commission Co-Chairs Ben David, New Hanover County District Attorney, and Mrs. Bertha B. Todd will be in attendance and on the program.
“It is my profound hope and prayer that involvement and participation in the event initiated by the MLK, Jr. 50th Anniversary Commemoration Commission will assist with developing a better awareness among students and adults alike,” said Co-Chair Bertha Todd, a retired educator from NHCS. “Each of us will be more cognizant of the legacy of an individual who served humanity in a superior manner,” she added.
“The purpose of the April 4th student assembly is to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination, and to teach students about Wilmington’s role in that fateful day. Students will also receive contemporary lessons about bullying, tolerance, and unity tied to Dr. King’s message,” Co-Chair Ben David explained.
Dr. King was supposed to be speaking in Wilmington, NC on the day of his assassination. A sanitation strike in Memphis caused him to cancel his appearance scheduled at Williston Senior High School, which had dire consequences. With the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s death on April 4, 2018, Wilmington is uniquely situated to commemorate the occasion.
Highlights of the Student Assembly
During the student assembly, there will be a welcome from Dr. Tim Markley, NHCS Superintendent and Principals Ron Villines of Williston and Leigh Ann Lampley of Gregory.
Remarks will be made by Commission Co-Chairs Mr. David and Mrs. Todd.
Students Destiny Raynor and Nicholas Marshall, from New Hanover High School, and Aveyon Walker from Pender Early College High School and the Williston Band will perform.
The audience will view videos on the life of Dr. King and his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech.
Students will get a lesson on what they can do to honor Dr. King’s legacy from Jayne Emma, NHCS Lead Healthful Living Teacher.
In support of the MLK and Wilmington 50 Year Commemoration, the winners of the “View from the Mountaintop” essay contest will be announced. Winners of the essay contest will have their essays and photos printed in The Wilmington Journal, The Star News, and the essays will be printed in the program for the April 4, 2018, evening commemoration event at Williston. The winning students will also be featured on WECT and win a $100 prize!
The MLK 50th Anniversary Commemoration Commission will host an evening event on April 4, 2018, in the Williston Middle School gymnasium from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. All are invited to attend, and attendees are asked to wear black and gold.
For more information on the MLK and Wilmington 50th Anniversary Commemoration Student Assembly, please contact the NHCS Public Relations Division at (910) 254-4245. For information on the evening community event, please visit their website at https://mlkandilm.wixsite.com/1968.