Martin Luther King Jr. was an African American civil rights leader during a time of civil unrest in America; his passion and zest for equal rights lead him across the country attending and speaking at gatherings and protests. On Monday, January 18, 2016 we celebrate this dedicated leader by involved and participating in this year’s MLK Day of Service.
MLK events in the Triangle are bountiful and are spread across the whole weekend prior to MLK Day of service. From ceremonies to lectures and volunteer opportunities to a 5k run, there are plenty of ways to get involved!
Check out all of the service opportunities below; the calendar of events for MLK Day of service begins on Friday January 15 and runs through Monday 18, 2016. This is a great time to teach your kids about working together as a community instead of teaching them about hatred through racism.
January 15: Friday MLK Events
Friday, January 15th A Day of Prayer and Reflection: We pause today on Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday to pray, reflect and thank God for the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Join us for corporate prayer wherever you from 9am-11am for our nation and our community as we face the realization of the urgency of now. Continue to pray and join us in our efforts as we continue on this journey to achieve a more Beloved Community that reflects the wholeness of our humanity.
- 9:00 a.m. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Kickoff Event, 2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Wreath Laying Ceremony, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Gardens, 1500 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Raleigh, NC
- 9:00 a.m. Wake Tech Community College Stop Hunger Now Challenge, 9 a.m., followed by MLK Celebration Program, noon at the Student Services Building, 9101 Fayetteville Road, Raleigh. Students, faculty and staff will pack 10,000 meals to be distributed to schools and orphanages around the world.
- 11:55 a.m. Bell-Ringing and State Employees’ Martin Luther King Observance Program. 11:55 a.m. on the Bicentennial Plaza near the N.C. Museum of History in downtown Raleigh. Members of the N.C. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission will initiate the bell-ringing tribute before the State Employees’ Observance Program, which will get under way at noon at First Baptist Church, 99 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh.
- 7:00 p.m. MLK, Jr. DREAMFEST: Women of Action Gathering, Page-Walker Arts & History Center, Friday, January 15 | 7 p.m., Join the 6th Annual WFWP/WOA Gathering in fostering positive partnerships and relationships. Keynote speaker Dr. Josephine Brown, a Weight Management Specialist, will share her perspective of New Year/New You to encourage and empower change. The evening will also include inspiring performances.
January 16: Saturday MLK Events
- 9:00 a.m. MLK, Jr. DREAMFEST: International Diversity Summit, Cary Arts Center, Saturday, January 16 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m., This summit will offer a day of dedication, communication and most of all inspiration. The event will include some of the most sought out leaders in our community, religious organizations and major corporations for panel discussions on cultural awareness and sensitivity; as well as the importance and need for diversity in the workplace, church, and the community. These emerging leaders from corporate community and church will tackle the often-difficult subjects of diversity, inclusion, and racism. For more on this event, or to register, please call (919) 460-4969.
- 2:00 p.m. Durham Parks and Recreation program, 2 p.m. at W.D. Hill Recreation Center, 1308 Fayetteville St., Durham. The theme is “MLK Day: Remembering the Legacy Through Art.”
- 7:00 p.m. MLK Concert Celebration, 7 p.m. at the Durham Armory, 220 Foster St., Durham. The University Choir of N.C. Central University will perform with the Durham Symphony.
- 7:00 p.m. MLK, Jr. DREAMFEST: An Arts Tribute to Martin, The Cary Theater, Saturday, January 16 | 7 p.m., In celebration of Dr. King’s birthday, we are honored to present a performance by Gail Jackson, accomplished soprano, and a special performance by The Gifted Arts, Inc. a non-profit organization that aims to bridge the opportunity gap and build confidence in youth by creative expression within the Performing Arts. This program will be followed by a free showing of Disney’s “Selma, Lord, Selma” at the Cary Theater at 9 p.m.
January 17: Sunday MLK Events
- 2:00 MLK, Jr. DREAMFEST: “Selma”, The Cary Theater, Sunday, January 17 | 2 p.m. (tickets for this film are $5), Selma is a passionate movie, commanding and compelling, all about Martin Luther King, Jr. and his civil rights march in 1965 from Selma, Alabama, to the state capital Montgomery. This special showing will conclude with a Q&A session.
- 3:00 p.m. Duke University’s Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration, 3 p.m. in Duke Chapel, 401 Chapel Drive, Durham. Veteran political strategist and commentator Donna Brazile will give the keynote address.
- 3:30 p.m. Garner’s Annual MLK Celebration, The greater Garner community will come together for a celebration of the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Sunday, Jan. 17 at 4 p.m. at Garner Performing Arts Center. Musical performances preceding the program will begin at 3:30 p.m., WRAL’s Gerald Owens will be emcee for the annual event. The Rev. Dr. Dumas Alexander Harshaw, pastor of First Baptist Church of Raleigh, will be the keynote speaker. From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., there will be a meet-the-artists reception for the Thou Art Black Church exhibition in the GPAC lobby. Both the MLK celebration and artists reception are free and open to the public.
- 6:00 p.m. MLK Banquet, Dr. Fuse-Hall will be the keynote speaker at the University community Banquet. The 17th president of Bennett College, a historically black liberal arts college for women founded in 1873, Fuse-Hall has over 25 years as a hands-on teacher and mentor. Fuse-Hall’s journey in higher education has included directing Title III programs and serving as an associate dean at UNC-CH, and corporate secretary at the UNC-GA. The Banquet will be held at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education on Sunday, January 17th, at 6:00pm, with a reception at 5:00pm. Tickets are $30. To purchase tickets or for additional information, please contact diversity celebrations co-coordinator, Cameron Congleton, firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 18: MLK Day of Service events
MONDAY, JANUARY 18, 2016 MLK Day of Service- United Way of Greater Triangle
Durham, Johnston, Orange and Wake counties will host nearly 30 community service projects to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King. Durham’s Signature Project is 9 a.m. to noon at American Tobacco Campus, Bay 7, where volunteers will help with a variety of projects, including assembly of homeless hygiene kits, computer drop-off and cleaning, and writing letters and creating valentines for veterans and active military. Johnston’s Signature Project is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pizazz Thrift Store, where volunteers will collect diapers, new underwear, clothing and nonperishable food. Orange’s Signature Project is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, where volunteers will work on projects such as assembly of health kits. Wake’s Signature Project is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at White Plains Children’s Center, where volunteers will assemble hygiene kits, sort books, and write letters for veterans and active military. See UnitedWayTriangle
- 7:15 AM, 36th Annual MLK, Jr. Triangle Interfaith Prayer Breakfast, Sheraton Imperial Hotel, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, KEYNOTE SPEAKER Reverend Mark-Anthony Middleton, Pastor, Abundant Hope Christian Church, Durham, NC, (Doors open at 5:45 a.m., breakfast is served from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. ONLY) [ View Flyer ]
- 7:30 a.m. Day of Service 5K Run, “The Time Is Now 5K” will kick off at 7:30am at the Old Well on Cameron Avenue (registration is at 7:00am at the Campus Y, across the street). In keeping with Dr. King’s bridge-building work, the fundraiser will benefit the Deah Barakat and Yusor Abu-Salha Memorial Award created by UNC to honor the memory of our former students and their legacy of service. Registration is $15 and can be done online at http://tinyurl.com/otzd6eh (go.unc.edu/Yg5m6).
- 9:30 a.m. Stop Hunger Now project. 9:30 a.m. at Duke University’s Freeman Center, 1415 Faber St., Durham. Members from Duke, N.C. Central University and the Durham Rotary Club are coordinating the Million Meals Project, which is expected to package 80,000 meals.
- 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. MLK, Jr. DREAMFEST: Day of Service 2016, Middle Creek Community Center, Monday, January 18 | 10 a.m. & 2 p.m., The MLK, Jr. Day of Service is a great way to give back to your community. Volunteers will spend the afternoon doing a variety of hands-on tasks to help maintain and beautify the area around Middle Creek Community Center. Please be prepared to get dirty! Coordinated by the Town of Cary Spruce program. Registration is required. Call (919) 469-4301 or email email@example.com for quick and easy registration. All ages are welcome to participate. Volunteers 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
- 10:00 a.m. Birthday party held in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. for area children at Northgate Mall, 1058 West Club Blvd., Durham. A reading at 10 a.m. of “Child of the Civil Rights Movement” by Paula Young Shelton, daughter of civil rights activist Andrew Young, will be held for preschool children. A reading at noon will be held for school-age children. Between the readings, Young Shelton will sign the book.
- 11:00 AM, 36th Annual MLK “Fierce Urgency of Now” Memorial March, Departs from State Capitol Building, Edenton Street Side, Downtown Raleigh 10:00am- March Assembly and Line up Begins
- 12:00 PM, 36th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Noon Ecumenical Observance, Duke Energy Center for The Performing Arts, 2 E South Street, Raleigh, NC 27601, KEYNOTE SPEAKER Bishop Lawrence G. Campbell, Sr., Bible Way Cathedral, Danville VA
- 5:30 PM 36th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Evening Musical Celebration, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E South Street, Raleigh, NC 27601, Featuring Special Guest Gospel National Recording Artist, Pastor Tim Rogers-Tim Rogers and the Fellas
- 7:30 p.m. Lecture and Awards Ceremony with Marc Lamont Hill, Monday evening, at 7:30pm, the Lecture and Awards Ceremony will take place at Memorial Hall (Carolina Performing Arts). Recipients of our MLK Scholarship and Unsung Hero awards will be recognized and the keynote address will be delivered by academic, journalist, author, activist and television personality Dr. Marc Lamont Hill. Dr. Hill is Distinguished Professor of African American Studies at Morehouse College. Tickets are free and will be available at the Carolina Performing Arts ticket office from January 7, 2016. For group tickets and further information, please contact diversity celebrations co-coordinator, Jay Peterkin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 19: Tuesday events or extended events
- 40 Days of Peace January 19 @ 8:00 am – February 27 @ 5:00 pm, 40 Days of Peace begins with Martin Luther King Jr. Day and extends that spirit into a Season of Service. During this time, you may continue uniting for good in the Triangle by serving your community at projects with our partner agencies and through supply drives for much needed hygiene, food, and baby items.
- African-American History Comes Alive: “The Freedmen’s Bureau Project”, Page-Walker Arts & History Center, Saturday, February 6 | 2-4 p.m., John Farnsworth, LDS Public Affairs Director over the Triangle, Fayetteville and Wilmington Stake Areas, will share information regarding the Family Search organization working with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society and the California African American Museum to help index four million freed slave records into a searchable online format available for genealogists and family members. Members of the community are invited to participate in the Freedmen’s Bureau Project.