MLK Weekend Events 2014

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Presented by the Martin Luther King Association of Asheville and Buncombe County, Inc.

Friday, January 17 – 7 p.m.
Free public screening of the Sundance-award-winning film Gideon’s Army at UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium, followed by a question & answer session with the filmmakers.

Saturday, January 18 – 8 a.m.
The 33rd Annual Prayer Breakfast at the Grove Park Inn at 8:30 a.m. (doors open at 8 a.m. The program features filmmaker Dawn Porter, producer-director of Gideon’s Army, and Travis Williams, a public defender featured in the film. Also interfaith prayers, choir music, recognition of award honorees, and a classic breakfast.

Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for youth and $35 for patrons. Tickets will be available in advance and at the door, and can be purchased online at

Monday, January 20 – 11:30 a.m.
The Annual Peace March and Rally will begin at noon at St. James A.M.E. Church on the corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Hildebrand Street. Marchers will meet at the church at 11:30 a.m. for a brief program before marching to City-County Plaza for a rally program of songs and speeches. Please bring a nonperishable food item for Manna Food Bank.

Monday, January 20 – 6 p.m.
The annual candle-lighting ceremony in remembrance of the less fortunate and as a reminder of the need to continue working to combat injustice takes place at 6 p.m. at Nazareth First Baptist Church, at the corner of MLK Boulevard and Pine Street. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Adult Award will be presented to an adult for his or her outstanding work in the community. Guest speaker: Rev. Brian Combs of the Haywood Street Congregation and the Welcome Table.

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