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Wednesday, January 17, 2018 through Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 through Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Spirit of King Award

Hickory's Area Ministers Spirit of King Award Presented to Captain Sipe
Captain Sipe

     HICKORY – The Hickory Area Ministers and the Greater Hickory Ministerial Alliance hosted the annual Spirit of King Community Celebration to honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Sunday at Morning Star Baptist Church.
    This year’s recipient of the Spirit of King Award was presented to Hickory Police Department’s Captain Vidal Sipe who was honored to be recognized and receive the award.
    "Just the change that Dr. Martin Luther King tried to make as he was coming up in his era, just trying to have some sort of legacy to move to equality for all," Sipe said.
The annual award is given to an individual from the Hickory area that embodies the spirit of King's legacy of inclusion of people of all races and cultures, more

API President Touts Economic Opportunities for Blacks in the Oil Industry
API President Jack Gerard Says that Job, Business Prospects in the Petrochemical Industry are on the Rise
Jack Gerard
Jack Gerard, the president and CEO of API, said that the Black Press can play a critical role in educating the Black community about business opportunities in the petrochemical industry. (Freddie Allen/AMG/NNPA)

By FREDDIE ALLEN

        Jack Gerard, the president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, said that he visited historically Black colleges and universities to share information about the career and business opportunities in the petrochemical industry with students.
      By 2040, consumers across the country could save an estimated $100 billion, or $655 per household, from the increased use of natural gas throughout the U.S. economy, according to the 2018 State of American Energy report.
        Artificial heart valves, air bags, seat belts and components in smartphones are made with petroleum-based products.
        Jack Gerard, the president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, said that there are incredible career and business opportunities in the petrochemical industry and he’s committed to increasing awareness about those prospects in the Black and Hispanic communities. more

At the MLK Breakfast Rev. Keitt told Statesville, "The Danger of Intoxication is That it Wears Off"
Rev. Keitt
Rev. Reginald Maurice Keitt keynotes Statesville's Annual Prayer Breakfast Monday, January 15, 2018 as the Statesville Civic Center

Photo by Cynthia Bailey

By JAMES "SABOOR" HAMMONS

    STATESVILLE, NC – January 15, 2018 was a very cold morning; I was really not sure about getting up early especially to attend a prayer breakfast. I have engaged in one way or another the MLK observances from the beginning, but my interests had begun to wane, but this gathering was good for me.
    I arrived at the Civic Center at 7am, had to park out back and walk more than a block. Things were not looking good. Once inside it took a couple of minutes to compose myself, but upon entering the Central Area I was totally surprised. It was a filled-to-capacity crowd – and a hum in the air. I quickly realized that this was more than an MLK celebration; this was a response out of recognition and anticipation.
    As an old activist, I have been to and part of many gatherings with some of them more special than others and I had experienced that hum before. As I moved through the Civic Center greeting people, I was pleased to observe a balance in age groups. This wasn’t a gathering of the gray panthers today, I repeat; this was a response out of recognition and anticipation of people prepared to meet what challenges arise.
    Then comes that awaited moment, the featured speaker. With a backdrop of African Americans on one hand and government officials with significant support on the other, there was truly a diverse audience. This year there wouldn’t be a speaker coming from out of town to tell us how to fix our ills and leave, more

Poor People’s Campaign Exhibit Opens at the Black History Museum
Picture of Poor People's Campaign
The National Museum of African American History and Culture recently opened the “City of Hope” Exhibition to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Poor People’s Campaign.” (NMAAHC)

National Museum of African American History and Culture Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Crusade in “City of Hope” Exhibition

    The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture commemorates the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s final human rights crusade in a new exhibition on the “Poor People’s Campaign,” a multicultural coalition that began in 1968 to end poverty. The exhibition, “City of Hope: Resurrection City & the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign,” features rare archival film and new oral histories with people who helped organize the campaign including Marian Wright Edelman and Andrew Young.
    It also features wooden tent panels, lapel buttons, placards and murals created by and used by some of the nearly 8,000 people who occupied the National Mall in Washington, D.C., more

Senator Joel Ford

Senator Joel Ford Keynotes Dallas MLK Breakfast more

We Publish This Issue In Memory and Honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Born Michael King, Jr.
January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968
Warren C. Coleman

Concord Proclaims February 1st Warren C. Coleman Day more