PORTSMOUTH -- Across Hampton Roads, from special tributes to helping others, the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is being celebrated.
In Portsmouth, 13News Now anchor LaSalle Blanks was the emcee for the 30th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Leader’s Breakfast, sponsored by the Urban League of Hampton Roads. It began at 7:30 a.m. The keynote speaker for the Healing our Community message was Marc A. Nivet Ed.D, the chief diversity officer for the Association of American Medical Colleges.
In Franklin, Girl Scout Troop 5073 will be hosting the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial March at Paul D. Camp Community College. It begins at 8:45 a.m. The march shows unity within the community and honors Dr. King’s legacy. The march will be led by Greg Scott, Southampton County native and former NFL player. He is the founder of Cover 3 Foundation, an organization that inspires and motivates youth to achieve their goals and conquer adversity through coaching, mentoring and community service.
In Hampton, volunteers are spending this Day of Service to volunteer to paint, clean-up, sort donations, perform light carpentry work at the Hampton Roads Ecumenical Lodgings & Provisions, Inc. (H.E.L.P., Inc.) H.E.L.P. Family Shelter and Transition Housing Units. H.E.L.P. support families and homeless veterans. The shelter is at 3006 Victoria Blvd. and the work will be done from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Also in Hampton, Hampton University invites everyone to honor Martin Luther King Jr. There's a student-led march that starts at 11 a.m. at Emancipation Oak. An address by Suzan Johnson Cook will follow inside Ogden Hall. Cook was the first woman and first African-American to serve as the United States Department ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom.
In Newport News, a parade, march and ceremony commemorating the civil rights leader's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the MLK plaza, at the intersection of Martin Luther King Way (25th Street) and Jefferson Avenue.
The annual Dr. King march and ceremony in Norfolk began at 9:30 a.m. Hundreds of people walked from the Worship Center on Church Street to the Dr. King Monument on Brambleton Ave. at Church Street. A ceremony was held there from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Later in the day in Norfolk. there's a mini health fair called "The State of the Dream" on the campus of Old Dominion University. at 3 p.m. at Webb Center, you can get information on building a healthier life. There's a panel discussion at 5 p.m.