The Rocky Mount Branch of the NAACP welcomes Dr. Julianne Malveaux to the City of Rocky Mount’s Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration this year.
The NAACP’s mission is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.
As we all commemorate and honor the life work and dream of Dr. King, we believe that we will continue the progress that was spurred by his visit to our community in 1962.
As history notes, Rocky Mount was one of the first places that his “I Have a Dream” speech was publicly presented.
We are privileged to still have vibrant activity underway today in the Historic Booker T. Washington High School gymnasium and facility where that giant once stood.
We are also proud that our diverse and balanced city of Rocky Mount Human Relations Commission would have the courage and vision to bring a great American like Dr. Malveaux to Eastern North Carolina.
We support their decision for inviting a well-respected columnist, author, educator and past president of Bennett College, one of America’s oldest black women’s institutions.
She is a highly respected leader and advocate for civil rights, human rights and education. She speaks truth to power, just as Dr. King did while he was alive and especially when it was not popular to do so in mainstream America.
This year’s Unity Breakfast will be historic and, we believe, one of the best King Celebrations that the city of Rocky Mount has sponsored.
Dr. Malveaux has a legacy of facilitating racial healing through truth throughout this country.
We hope her message will inspire, encourage and help unify our leaders and citizens as we continue to directly deal with race relations in a serious, positive and honest dialogue.
The Twin Counties is long overdue for racial healing.
ANDRE D. KNIGHT