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NC Commemorative Events: April 4th Marks 50th Anniversary of Death of Dr. Martin Luther King


Raleigh, NC – Wednesday, April 4, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In honor of the life and legacy of Dr. King, four North Carolina organizations are holding events around the state and North Carolina institutions are encouraged to hold bell ringing ceremonies at 7:01 PM EST on Wednesday, April 4th.

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Institutions interested in participating in the nationwide bell toll can register their event on the National Civil Rights Museum’s website.

Governor Roy Cooper will serve as the keynote speaker for the commemorative event at Williston Middle School in Wilmington, NC. The event is hosted by the MLK 50-year Anniversary Commemoration Commission. 

 Dr. Martin Luther King was scheduled to conduct a voter registration drive in Wilmington on the day he died, but cancelled his appearance to stand with sanitation workers in Memphis, TN.

 In celebration of his life the Wilmington event will feature a bell toll at 7:01 PM EST.

 Upcoming commemorative events in NC include:

For a complete list of events across the U.S., including a live-stream of activities scheduled at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, TN, visit the National Civil Rights Museum’s website.  


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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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