By Ted Shockley

Celebrations and observances honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be held in Accomack and Northampton counties on Monday, which will be among the coldest days of the winter so far.

Highs are only forecast to reach 25 degrees on Monday, with lows at 17.

At Northampton High School, the 29th annual Community Unity Day breakfast will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m. The featured speaker is Felton Sessoms of First Baptist Church in Cape Charles. 

The cost is $6 for adults and there is no charge for students. The event is sponsored by Citizens for a Better Eastern Shore, the Northampton Chapter of NAACP and Northampton County Public Schools.

At Macedonia A.M.E. Church in Accomac, the Accomack County Branch of the NAACP will hold a remembrance of Dr. King beginning Monday at 10 a.m. 

The featured speaker at the church will be the Rev. Sam Smith. Accomack County Supervisor Reneta Major will be the speaker at the Accomack Circuit Court steps after the annual ceremonial walk downtown.

There also will several other church events on Monday, including a 2 p.m. event at Union Baptist Church in Eastville focusing on African-American history on the Eastern Shore, and a 3 p.m. “Let Freedom Ring” event at Gaskins Chapel A.M.E Church in Savageville.