Town Holds Annual MLK Day Event - TribPapers

Town Holds Annual MLK Day Event

Dr. Dwight Mullen. Photo by Paul King.

Weaverville – The Town of Weaverville once again held its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day event to commemorate his leadership in the civil rights movement. This year’s keynote speaker was “Dr. Dwight Mullen, a longtime WNC resident and prominent leader in the community.”

Dr. “Mullen has spent decades in academia, dedicating his work and providing leadership in the political science field. “Dr. Mullen began teaching immediately upon receiving his Ph.D. from Atlanta University—first in Nigeria and then at UNC-Asheville.”

“Now a Professor Emeritus, designated by UNC-A, Dr. Mullen continues his work through the State of Black Asheville, an ongoing research project that provides accessible information on racial disparities to the WNC community. He and his wife, Associate Professor Emeritus Dr. Dolly Jenkins-Mullen, have four children and five beautiful grandchildren.”To acknowledge the day as a day of service, there was an opportunity to give back to the local community.” The Executive Director of PEAK Academy, Kidada Wynn, was accepting monetary donations. “PEAK  is a tuition-free public charter school that strives to close the achievement gap through personalized instruction and character education to ensure youth from all demographics and backgrounds receive a quality educational experience that will allow them to succeed in their academics and in life.”