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Museum curator to speak at King Day event in Kenly

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KENLY ­— The eighth annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer and Recognition is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at Kenly Missionary Baptist Church, 1730 N.C. 222 West.

Earl Ijames, curator of the N.C. Museum of History, will speak.

Ijames is a 1991 graduate of N.C. State University, where he earned a degree in history, with minors in economics, English and African-American studies.

He became curator of the N.C. Museum of History in 2013 after 23 years as a researcher and photographic and reference archivist with the N.C. Archives.

In addition to his work with the Archives and History Museum, Ijames he has experience in film, radio and youth sports, and he has appeared in numerous TV, radio, stage and film productions, including PBS’s “Looking for Lincoln” with Dr. Henry Louis Gates and The Woodwright Shop’s “Behind the Veneer, Thomas Day: Master Craftsman” with Roy Underhill.

Ijames is a frequent guest panelist on WUNC’s “Black Issues Forum,” and he has spoken at the National Genealogical Conference.

Ijames, who farms in Johnston County, is from Winston-Salem, and he and his wife live in Wendell in a Victorian-era house that he moved from Zebulon to Wendell in the 1990s.

The theme of this year’s breakfast is “From the Ground Up: Inequity, Bias, Privilege, Structure, Death.”

“And we will be paying tribute to and honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” said Pat Shaw of the Martin Luther King Community Association in Kenly.

“This is a free event, and everyone is welcome to attend with no advance reservations required,” Shaw added. “It is sponsored by our local businesses and citizens, which we appreciate greatly.”

The MLK Community Association is an organization that began four years ago under the direction of founder Monica Davis, a longtime Kenly resident, with the goal of promoting community service.

“We will continue to remember and celebrate the work and life of Dr. King,” Davis said.

In a related event, Bishop Ronnie Hood of St. Stephens Church of Christ in Princeton will speak on the life and legacy of Dr. King at 11 a.m. Jan. 20 at Harrison Alumni Center, 405 Brevard St., Selma