Community college using MLK Jr. Day to promote conversation

Community college using MLK Jr. Day to promote conversation (Daisha Jones, NewsChannel 12)

Monday was a day to celebrate and honor Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

There were a handful of events throughout Eastern North Carolina. Beaufort County Community College hosted a breakfast Monday morning.

BCCC's goal at this breakfast was to promote dialogue across Beaufort County on issues of civil rights, poverty and race. The event brought together various community leaders.

The event featured keynote speaker Rev. Dr. Jacob Kines, minister of First Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ and music from St. John's Church of Christ ensemble.

Race-based disparities in education still exist in Beaufort County, according to research. 13% of African-American residents hold a college degree, compared to 37% of white residents.

Therefore, the college saw a need to bring together multiple pillars of the community under one roof. The groups wanted to remember Dr. King and his commitment to civil rights and equal opportunity and that those things are not limited to individual religious congregations or community groups.

"I’m humbled. The number of people in this community, at the community college, public servants, those who are in education, medicine, law and teachers... just so many people in this community with genuine concern for reconciliation," said Rev. Dr. Kines.

The college hopes to make this community gathering an annual event.

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