By: Emily M. Hobbs Staff Writer
October 15, 2013
Sampson County is being given an opportunity to join together to go on a mission to encourage youth in the areas of education, focusing on the future, religion and faith, and many others, with a march being put on by the Sampson County Chapter of the NAACP.
The local organization is sponsoring a “March on Sampson County for a Better Future for Our Youth,”an event that will be held Saturday, Nov. 2 at 9 a.m. at the Sampson County Agri-Exposition Center, located at 414 Warsaw Road, Clinton. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and the march starts at 9:30 a.m.
“Our mission is to promote unity and diversity while striving for a better future for our youth,” said Dwight Miller in an interview last week.
Miller is organizing the event with two other co-chairs. Shena Hall is a Union High School graduate who is now an Army Staff Sergent. Miller’s other co-chair is Whitney Boykin, who graduated from Clinton High School and attended N.C. Central. He said that they are both very energetic and have been wonderful to work with on this project.
Miller says that this event is for anyone who wants to participate, no matter their age or any other factor. He wants anyone and everyone from the four corners of Sampson County to come and be a part of this event. The march will be round trip, from the parking lot of the Agri Expo Center to the courthouse which is estimated to be just under two miles. Upon arrival at the courthouse everyone will gather together to pray for the youth of Sampson County, Miller stressed.
“This is about telling our youth that we are behind you 110 percent, and that we want a better future for you,” Miller said. There will be a diversified group of six speakers coming to talk briefly at this event. Topics will include education, the future of youth, religion, faith, and the importance of unity for youth.
Dr. Robert P. Taylor, Ed.D., superintendent for Bladen County Schools, will be one of the main speakers for the event.
Other entertainment will include listening to a deejay and line dances. After the march, a college-style tailgate party is planned with the group being served hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, cookies, snacks. They will also have designated trunks set up for the youth to go around traveling from trunk to trunk meeting and greeting. Those attending are urged to wear casual clothes for the march, particularly college attire, in order to promote education. In the event of inclement weather the event will be held at the Expo Center.
Miller said that they have hopes of getting the East Carolina University bus to come as well as some possible participation from McDonalds, but those two items have not been solidified as of yet. There will be a deejay there with the Clinton High School cheerleaders to ramp up the excitement.
“Our goal is to have 300 to 500 people come out, but we would love to have 1,000,” said Miller. Tarheel ChalleNGe will also have 80 students on hand to help with this event. This will be a chance to pray and support our youth said Miller, but it will be up to the youth to decide to turn things around.
The NAACP is requesting $25 donations to offset event expenses and the names of donors will be read aloud at the event. Donations can be mailed to Sampson County NAACP, PO BOX 305, Clinton N.C. 28329 for the March on Sampson County. A general information meeting for this march will be held on Monday, Oct. 21 at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall from 3 to 4 p.m. Anyone who wants to volunteer or needs more information please contact Dwight Miller at 590-5829 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.