By Charlotte Smith
Update: Unity in the Community was a success. Over the four day celebration thousands came out in attendance.
“I appreciate you,” Fletcher “Big Show” Collins said to all who came out to support Unity in the Community held in Elizabethtown.
“I’m not going to stop doing what I’m doing,” Collins added, “I thank the Lord for what He does for me. I am going to do what God puts on my heart to do.”
I also want to give a shout-out to Elizabethtown Chief of Police, Tony Parrish. Fletcher explained how Parrish worked with him on how to improve the event.
Next year will make 10 years for the Unity in the Community event, according to Fletcher. Those who want to help are welcome to contact Fletcher at 910-872-3451.
The ninth annual “Unity in the Community” four-day event will kick off this evening at 7 p.m. to honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
When askedabout the event, Fletcher “Big Show” Collins said Unity in the Community Weekend is designed to bring the community together as one.
“We are trying to break anybarriers of division.” Big Show stated.
Activities will begin Friday, Jan. 17 with a Meet-N-Greet bonfire at 7 p.m. at 1360 Martin Luther King Drive in Elizabethtown.
On Saturday there will be a Unity Benefit Charity Ride. Registration will be from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
The ride is a fundraiser forthe Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy. The cost is $10 for drivers and $5 for passengers. The ride will start at the Academy at 2:00 p.m. sharp.
There will be a cookout to follow the ride.
A Gospel Fest will be held on Sunday, Jan. 19, with the Gospel Explosion & Unity prayer walk at Mt. AME Zion Church on Martin Luther King Drive.
“We are trying to heal our county, even across the county lines, throughout the state and nation,” Big Show said.
He added, “We are going to be praying for domestic abuse, human trafficing, racism, law enforcement, people who have lost loved ones, anyone who is hurting. We want the young people to know we do hear, we do see, and we do care!”
Big Show said, “We want every Minister, Pastor, Child of God and people that believe in the power of prayer, we want you here!”
After the prayer we will make acommunity choir and have a devotion.
Monday is the main event to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s name according to Big Show. The clubs will ride in the Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Parade held in Elizabethtown on January 20, 2020.
A cook-out will be provided after the parade.
Everyone is welcome to attend the event. Big Show said the young as well as senior adults are welcomed during the event. He said there are plenty of event staff to help those that may need it.
For moreinformation, call Bigshow at 910-872-3451, Sistashow at 910-391-6010 or Dough Boy at 910-474-7698.
Sponsoring motorcycle clubs are Dedicated Soulz,Tru Visions, State Burners, Klean Kut Riders, Unusual Outcomes, Happy Campers, Sportsman, Soldiers United, Carolina Knight Riders, River Riders Saddle Cluband Confederate Riders.
Other celebrations planned: