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A Queen Among Kings
Published by Beverly McClellan on February 12, 2018
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Ferguson-Easley Parent Facilitator, Ms. Eloise Melvin, coordinated the National Black History Program that featured the sister-in-law of Doctor Martin Luther King, Junior, Mrs. Naomi Barber King.

National Black History Month Program participants (left to right): Mr. Charles Evans (Cumberland County Board of Commissioners); Mrs. Shawnee Howard (FEES Teacher of the Year); Mrs. Pearline Brown-Thompson (FEES Teacher and Mistress of Ceremony); Gianni Barber (Student); Ms. Carrie Sutton (Cumberland County Board of Education); Mrs. Naomi Barber King (2018 Black History Month Program Guest Speaker); Ms. Eloise Melvin (FEES Parent Facilitator); Honorable Mitch Colvin (Fayetteville Mayor); Doctor Mary A. Hales (FEES Principal); and Representative Elmer Floyd (North Carolina House of Representatives representing the 43rd District).

On February 12th Ferguson-Easley Elementary School rejoiced in having Mrs. Naomi Ruth Barber King as a keynote speaker for our National Black History Month program.  Parent Facilitator, Ms. Eloise Melvin, coordinated the event.  Mrs. King is known as  “A Queen Among Kings” because she married the brother (Reverend A. D.  King) of Doctor Martin Luther King, Junior.  To her family and community she is recognized as a devoted civil rights activist and author. When she visited Ferguson-Easley her message was simply put to the third, fourth and fifth graders, to think, believe, dream, dare and to be entrepreneurs.   During her speech she encouraged the numerous Fayetteville/Cumberland County government, education, community and business leaders present to continue to be bright lights to the communities they serve.  This queen has done her part to keep the King dream alive by establishing the A.D. King Foundation which has as its focus  nonviolent social change and the empowerment of youth and women. 

        
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