Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend kicks off in New Bern

NEW BERN, N.C. (WITN) -As the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend gets underway, many communities in the east are honoring the civil rights pioneer.

The love and appreciation for Dr. King was on full display Friday night in New Bern.

“We want to go on and help complete the mission Dr. King started,” said Carol Becton, community leader. “There is still more work to be done.”

“He said faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase so let’s observe his steps,” said Brinda Moore, community leader.

The federal holiday honoring the great Dr. King has been observed since 1986, and some believe there’s nothing like the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Outreach Ministry Banquet.

Former State Supreme Court Justice Mike Morgan was amongst many who spoke about pushing King’s advocacy efforts forward as the banquet’s theme was the Journey of Social Justice Continues.

“We’re not where we need to be but thankfully with Dr. King and others, we aren’t where we used to be,” Morgan said.

Most of the country will be enjoying a day off from school or work next Monday, however, it’s important to remember King’s sacrifices make that possible.

Events will continue throughout this weekend, leading up to Monday’s holiday celebration.