A group of special boys and girls joined together to participate in the first ever MLK Pageant at Williston Middle School in Wilmington. The organizers including Evelyn Bryant and Hollis Briggs of the MLK committee in southeastern North Carolina say they are continuing to work and honor the actions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through various activities and events.
Thirteen contestants competed on November 18 for the new title as the Martin Luther King Jr. king and queen. But it was about more than just winning the crown. The pageant was hosted by the MLK Celebration Committee.
Their purpose is to honor the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., improve racial relations within communities and educate especially our youth.
This pageant was one of the first events working towards commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of Dr. King’s death.
The committee’s goal is to build on this event for upcoming celebrations until April of next year.
But until then, it is all about the fun contestants had competing for the crowns.
“It’s not all about winning, it’s about having fun and just hanging out with your friends during the pageant,” contestant Aamere Montgomery said.
Even though only two could be named king and queen, it was a moment everyone could be proud of.
WWAY’s Amanda Fitzpatrick was also at the event and presented an award.