Unity Day 2021

Community Unity Day 2021
Posted on 01/11/2021

Unity Day 2021 Poster

This year marks the 31st annual  Northampton County Community Unity Day, a celebration of the life and wisdom of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and is supported by Northampton Public Schools, Citizens for a Better Eastern Shore, and the Northampton and Accomack Branches of the NAACP. The purpose is to bring the community together in fellowship to create unity among our neighbors and friends. This year's event will be held virtually due to the pandemic.

Details of the day's events are as follows:

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Virtual Community Unity Day Celebration

Part I: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Poster Contest (via Zoom)
(Theme: "Rolling Together for a Better Tomorrow")
Friday, January 15, 2021, 6 pm-7 pm

Part II: Broadcasting Live from WESR

Monday, January 18, 2021, 9:00 am
(Theme: "Together We Can Make a Difference for All")

This year, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Unity Day Celebration will be held in two parts.

Both parts will be virtual due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The Celebration will bring together all segments of our community, including community leaders, educators, students, parents and grandparents, seniors, area church groups, and community organizations. To remember Dr. King is to affirm the nonviolent pursuit of freedom, justice, and equal opportunity for all.

Part I of the Annual Celebration and recognition will be held via Zoom call on Friday, January 15, from 6-7 pm. The focus will be on the youth of our community, with students, their parents and grandparents, educators, and community leaders. Students will compete in the MLK poster contest, and present a variety of other special talents, including music and dance. The theme for the 2021 MLK poster contest is "Rolling Together for a Better Tomorrow." Winners will be judged in two categories, grades K-3 and 4-6. A $25 certificate will be awarded to each winner, and a certificate of participation will be presented to everyone.

Part II of the Celebration will be held on Monday, January 18, 2021 starting at 9:00 am. The theme for this year's celebration is "Together We Can Make a Difference for All."
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year's event (formerly held at  Northampton High School for more than 3 decades) will be broadcast live on WESR 103.3 FM. Our panel of diverse speakers will address issues for all ages and ethnicities on and off the Shore. Additional information will be announced on WESR and Shore Daily News. 

In addition to a performance by the Broadwater Academy Choir, diverse speakers will address issues for all ages and ethnicities on and off the Shore.

Invited guests and recorded tributes during the Community Unity Celebration will include:

Pastor Milton P. Bunting, Moderator, Eastern Shore of Virginia/Maryland Baptist Association;
Jane G. Cabarrus, Coordinator, MLK Celebration and Director, Region 1 NAACP;
Rev. Karen Downing, Chapter Leader, Virginia Organizing;
Rev. Camesha Handy, NAACP;
Rev. Dr. Charles Kellam, Sr., Pastor, New Mount Zion Baptist Church;
James T. Lang, COO, Pender & Coward Attorneys & Counsellors at Law;
Da’Quan Marcell Love, Executive Director, Virginia State Conference NAACP;
Willie C. Randall, Edward Jones Financial Advisor;
Rev. Felton T. Sessoms, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Cape Charles;
Bishop David Sabatino, Foundation of Faith;
Arthur Upshur, President, Citizens for a Better Eastern Shore;
Rev. Frederick Willis, Transitional Minister, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Onancock;
Mrs. Joan Wilson, RN.

This joint Celebration is supported every year by Northampton Public Schools, Citizens for a Better Eastern Shore, and the Northampton and Accomack Branches of the NAACP.

To sign up for the Zoom call on January 15, contact Subrina Parker at sparker@ncpsk12.com or by phoneat 757-678-5151  x6100. For additional details for both events, contact Jane Cabarrus at janecabarrus@aol.com or by phone at 757-442-2139, or Donna Bozza at info@cbes.org. Donations may be sent to MLK Unity Day Celebration, P.O. Box 333, Nassawadox, VA 23413.


Northampton County Board of Supervisors' Resolution Approved January 12, 2021


WHEREAS, Northampton County's economic and social well-being requires the best efforts and cooperation of county residents of all races, creeds and backgrounds;

and WHEREAS, the Northampton County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Citizens for a Better Eastern Shore, and the Northampton County Public Schools have organized a COMMUNITY UNITY DAY to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., which includes a virtual poster contest, music and dance talent presentations, and guest speakers through local radio broadcasts.

NOW, THEREFORE, the Northampton County Board of Supervisors does hereby endorse the COMMUNITY UNITY DAY to be held January 18, 2021.