ROCKINGHAM — Grammy Award-winner Dante Bowe is returning home this month to participate in two of several events sponsored by the Richmond County Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Foundation.
Bowe will serve as grand marshal for the annual MLK parade, starting at noon Saturday, Jan. 14 in downtown Rockingham.
Bowe, a gospel vocalist and songwriter, was one of the singers on “Old Church Basement,” a live collaborative recording with Elevation Worship and Maverick City Music, which won for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album at the 64th annual Grammy Awards.
Other honorees for the parade include three former local NFL players: Tony Horne, wide receiver for the St. Louis Rams; James Hamilton, linebacker for Jacksonville Jaguars; and Harry Stanback, defensive end for the Baltimore Colts.
Bowe will also give a free performance at the Kate Finley Auditorium on the campus of Rockingham Middle School, which will be followed by a youth talent show. Doors open at 2 p.m. and the show begins at 3 p.m.
Prior to the parade, there will be a prayer breakfast at Cafe Convo in Hamlet at 8 a.m.
Festivities kick off at 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 with the annual MLK Gala at Liberty Place in downtown Rockingham.
Other events include an Ecumenical service at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14 at New Bethel AME Zion Church in Hamlet, and the MLK Luncheon at noon Monday, Jan. 16 at Wayman Chapel Faith Center in Hamlet.
For more information, contact Michael McRae at 910-995-1410, Curtis Ingram at 910-206-1240, or Dot Bynum at 919-219-0038.