Jessie Tucker, president and chief executive officer of Wayne UNC Health Care, will be the keynote speaker at the city of Goldsboro’s annual observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The Monday event will be online this year at noon on the city’s Facebook page.

“We had hoped and planned for an in-person event this year; however, after some consideration, we decided it would be best to hold the event virtually in light of current COVID numbers,” said Felecia Williams, Goldsboro community relations director.

The city’s annual observance that honors the life and legacy of King has previously been a ticketed luncheon, drawing hundreds of people, to First Pentecostal Holiness Church.

The 2021 observance was also available online, with U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-Wilson, the keynote speaker.

Butterfield spoke about King’s vision for what America can be if people come together and celebrate their differences.

The Monday event, hosted by the city’s Commission on Community Relations, will focus on the theme “Empowering Our Community, Building Peace: It Starts with Me.”

The Goldsboro High School Cougar Showstoppers and Goldsboro Youth Council will provide entertainment.

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