By Clint Parker
Weaverville – On Monday (Jan. 20), members of the Weaverville Community came together to celebrate Martin Luther King Day with “leaders of tomorrow,” giving what was billed as a “special program.”
This is the Town of Weaverville’s second annual MLK Day event, with at least 60 people attending the gathering held at the Weaverville United Methodist Church on North Main Street. A meeting about the Fountain planned for the town hall was conducted by Vice-Mayor Doug Jackson as Mayor Al Root was unable to attend.
The celebration was kicked off with Weaverville Mayor Al Root giving opening remarks including a quote from Rev. King followed by the singing of the National Anthem by Janet Cress. The invocation was given by Weaverville United Methodist Church’s Reverend Deval Mason.
Root then introduced town resident Angelia Moore who sang a couple of gospel songs followed by the mayor presenting the many children in the audience from the Christine W. Avery Learning Center as “future leaders of tomorrow.”
The special program by the Youth of Christine W. Avery Learning Center then started as the kids and their leaders presented a couple of songs and also showed off their “Quilt of Dreams,” with several of the children telling the audience about their own individual dreams.
Christine W. Avery Learning Center, located in Asheville, has as its mission statement: “To provide students of all backgrounds with access to a quality education rooted in sociocultural theory and ministry; assisting in the growth and development of our students academically, socially, and spiritually; producing the next generation of leaders!”
After the children finished, Root gave another King quote and then asked Rev. Louis Grant of Weaverville’s Little Mount Zion Baptist Church to offer the benediction. Grant’s closing benediction was unusual in that he asked the audience to join him in offering a blessing to each other from the Bible in a read and response arrangement.