WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.— Hundreds attended the 33rd annual MLK Noon Hour Commemoration in Winston-Salem celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. while also watching and celebrating President Barack Obama’s second inauguration.
Singing songs, praying and clapping this year’s program intertwined words from Dr. King while allowing the crowd to watch as President Obama took his oath of office.
Wayne Patterson said he wouldn’t miss the event because this year was extra special since it was all about the man with a dream and the man who today he thinks embodies that dream.
“The atmosphere is very exciting and for an African American male to observe that it is an awesome feeling,” says Patterson.
Janice James came to watch and celebrate because she remembers when King was shot and never thought she’d see the day when America’s first African American President would be sworn into office for a second term.
“It’s a proud moment for me. I can look back and say where we’ve come from,” says James.
Mϋtter Evans founded the Winston-Salem event in 1981.