By Clint Parker
Weaverville – About 50 people came out to a remembrance event honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Weaverville on Monday (Jan. 21). The event took place at the Weaverville United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall at 11:30 am.
During the event Weaverville Mayor Al Root opened the event, welcoming the attendees. Then the National Anthem was sung by Janet Cress. An invocation was offered by the Rev. Deval Mason and a musical performance was given by Angelia Moore.
The keynote speaker was Rev. Louis Grant of Little Mount Zion Baptist Church of Weaverville with special guest speaker Vivian Conley following. Conley told the group how she had actually heard Dr. King speak and recalled her days growing up in Asheville.
“You could feel the love coming from him. That he was not just making a name for himself…He cared about everybody,” said Conley of King. “No matter what color you were he felt like and I feel like we all should have the same rights.”
Root then stepped up with closing remarks and thanked those who helped made the event possible including Weaverville Public Works’ Dale Pennell, Town Manager Selena Coffey and former Mayor and current Council Member Dottie Sherrill. He also thanked Rev. Grant for speaking and meeting with the town on “…many occasions thinking about this day and planning for this day and making sure it would be special.”
A benediction was offered by Rev. Stuart Lamkin of Weaverville First Baptist Church who said, “I’m not going to say we’re doing great. I’m not going to let us pat ourselves on the back because we have achieved total and complete racial equality. I’ve only been in Weaverville a few months, but I’ve lived in the south my whole life. I’ve lived in six different Confederate states. So, I’m pretty confident in saying ‘we’re not doing that great’ and there’s a lot of work left to be done.”