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Black leaders speak at Sunday program

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The Men’s Civic League of Wilson will sponsor a community-wide black history month program at 3 p.m. Sunday at L.N. Forbes Free Will Baptist Tabernacle Church.

The theme of keynote speaker U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield Jr., D-Wilson, will be “No Easy Walk to Freedom.”

Four prominent Wilson leaders will be recognized, including Chief Albert Alston of Wilson Fire and Rescue, Chief Thomas Hopkins of the Wilson Police Department, Sheriff Calvin Woodard of the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office and Carlton Stevens, mayor of Wilson.

“This event is a celebration of the progress that we have made in this city,” said the Rev. Maurice Barnes. “It is a significant marker, if you will, thinking historically for those of us who grew up here and who remember the challenges we had and we faced in the issues of race and inclusion. So for Wilson to have these four gentlemen, these public servants, that is a huge deal. It speaks to where we have come.”

The church is located at 1714 Bynwood Drive SE.

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