2018 MLK Weekend Library Event

Pictured, left to right: Olivia Byrd, Martha Byrd, Sean Osborne, Cynthia Phillips Kaipu, Terry E. Carter and Leona Martin

January 14, 2018

Yesterday’s MLK at the Library event was a success. Nearly 55 people attended some portion of the program. Many shared their appreciation at the end of each segment.

The spoken-word artists were well-received. Terry E. Carter received rave reviews for his poetry reading and sold a few books. Cynthia Phillips-Kaipu was a hit with her animated reading of the MLK children’s books and book raffle. People also enjoyed the slideshow presentation of Dr. King accompanied by music and a selection of his speeches. Then, there’s the display of Corita Kent artwork on loan from Mary Haskell, which we all appreciated. The evening closed with a lively discussion, moderated by Kaye Long, after viewing the movie, Selma.

Without the efforts, support, and encouragement of the following people, MLK at the Library would not have been possible: Kaye Long, Charlie and Leona Martin, Monica Ndounou, and Sean Osborne. I also want to recognize Koren Stembridge and the Cary Library staff for all their help. And, I thank my daughter, Olivia Byrd, who created the slideshow for the audio/visual presentation of the program and live-streamed images and video of the event to the ABCL Facebook page.

Finally, to all of you who were able to attend the MLK at the Library event in person, thank you for coming. And, to those who were there in spirit, thank you for keeping us in your thoughts and sending us your positive energy.

– Martha Byrd