Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission

Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission organizes programs and activities that honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote unity among our diverse population within the Rocky Mount Community. Meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the third floor Committee Room of City Hall. Contact the Rocky Mount Human Relations department at 972-1181.

International Festival of Cultures

It's time for the 2020 International Festival of Cultures. The Festival will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the Business and Industry Center of Nash Community College located on Old Carriage Road, Rocky Mount, North Carolina from 12:00 noon until 4:00 p.m.

This event is sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission and the city of Rocky Mount. The festival's mission is to promote awareness, appreciation and acceptance of the diverse cultures of this area. There is no admission charge and the general public is invited.


Highlighting natural and architectural wonders in addition to spiritual, economic and human accomplishments. Articles of clothing, pictures, and authentic arts and crafts from a particular country may be displayed. Human service agencies and community organizations are encouraged to participate.


Featuring song, dance, step, mime, slide/short video, music, poetry, or oral reading in a native tongue/language and storytelling. An oral presentation about your culture, customs or country is also acceptable.

Fashion Show *NEW*

Featuring youth and adults displacing native attire highlighting your culture and customs. This will be the fourth showing for our Festival.

Food Tasting

Food that is prepared traditionally, in your country/culture is welcome. Be prepared to have copies of the recipes or ingredients. Small food tasting cups, plates, utensils and table coverings will be provided by the sponsors.

International Bazaar

Hand made crafts, imported items and other various ethnic treasures can be sold. There is a booth fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for non-profits that plan to sell products and fifty-dollars ($50.00) for businesses or individuals. Checks should be made payable to the Human Relations Department and mailed with the attached application.

Please complete and return the participation form below by Friday, February 7, 2020 or call Archie Jones at (252) 972-1180 to let us know of your plans to participate in the festival. We need your involvement and assistance by sharing this information with others to make this a success and to be sure that your country is represented.

Current Members:
  • Vanessa Whitaker, Chairperson

  • Jody Wright

  • Melba W. Tyson

  • Rev. Milton Batts

  • David Worsley

  • Nekkia McGee

  • Katrice J. Brown

  • Michael A. Parker

  • Terry M. Williams

  • Thomas L. Everett

  • Gloria Whitley-Williams