Events to mark Martin Luther King Jr. holiday

The News and Observer January 12, 2012 


--32nd Annual Martin Luther King Triangle Interfaith Prayer Breakfast, 7 a.m. at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel, Research Triangle Park. Keynote speaker will be Cynthia Marshall, president of AT&T of North Carolina. U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan also will speak, and Raleigh radio icon Ray "Dr. Jocko" Henderson will be honored. For the first time, the breakfast will be televised live on WRAL-TV. Doors will open at 6 a.m.

--Fuquay-Varina Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. 8:30 a.m. march from Fuquay-Varina Middle on Ennis Street to St. Augusta Missionary Church, 605 Bridge St., Fuquay-Varina.

--Triangle Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. 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 from 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, book drive sorting, 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 conduct diaper, new underwear, clothing and nonperishable food drives. Orange's Signature Project is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, where volunteers will work on projects including assembly of health kits and clothes sorting. Wake's Signature Project is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at White Plains Children's Center, where volunteers will assemble homeless hygiene kits, sort books for a book drive, and write letters for veterans and active military. See

--Chapel Hill Martin Luther King Jr. Rally, March and Worship Service. Meet at 9 a.m. for march down Franklin Street, Chapel Hill. The march will end at First Baptist Church, 106 N. Roberson St., where a church service will take place at 11 a.m. Former Rep. Larry Hall will speak.

--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.

--MLK Youth Leadership Program. 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in Student Union Room 2518, UNC-Chapel Hill campus. High school students will explore how to represent Martin Luther King's legacy.

--32nd Annual Martin Luther King Memorial March. Assemble at 10 a.m. on the grounds of the State Capitol, and depart at 11 a.m. The theme for this year's celebration is "From The Dream to Reality - Economic & Social Equality - More Work to Be Done."

--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. The event is sponsored by NC MomsRising, the Durham Mothers Club, the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Mothers Club, Northgate Books, Northgate Mall and Lango Kids.

--32nd Annual Martin Luther King Ecumenical Observance, noon at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh. The Rev. Nelson Johnson, executive director of The Beloved Community Development Center in Greensboro, will be the keynote speaker.

--23rd Annual MLK Blood Drive, 1 to 6 p.m. at Hargraves Recreation Center, 216 N. Roberson St., Chapel Hill. The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. is sponsoring the drive along with the American Red Cross.

--Duke University sit-in. 3:30 p.m. at Bryan Center and Chapel Quad, Duke University campus. Student groups and other volunteers will participate in a sit-in on the quad, following an example from a 1968 Duke student sit-in. It will feature recordings of speeches by Martin Luther King Jr.

--C-Span remote satellite bus. The C-Span Network will be sending a remote satellite bus to Raleigh for the march and ecumenical observance. It will be parked in front of Memorial Auditorium in downtown Raleigh.

--Unity Dinner. 5 p.m. in Great Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill campus. All participants must register via email to Guest speaker will be Hodding Carter, III, a professor of Leadership and Public Policy at UNC-Chapel Hill.

--32nd Annual Martin Luther King Evening Musical Celebration, 5:30 p.m. at the Progress Energy Center in downtown Raleigh. Headlining will be national recording artist Ernest Pugh from Maryland.

--"He Was a Poem, He Was a Song." 7 p.m. at Stone Center Hitchcock Multipurpose Room, UNC-Chapel Hill campus. Explore Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy through music, poetry and spoken word.


--MLK Celebration at Wake Tech Community College's Northern Wake Campus, 11 a.m. in Building D, Room 125, 6600 Louisburg Road, Raleigh.

--Keynote address at Duke University. Noon at the North Pavilion Lecture Hall, Duke Hospital. English and African American Studies professor Maurice Wallace will deliver the address, "Dreaming Martin: Mountaintops, Memory and the Monumental Martin Luther King, Jr."

--Candlelight Vigil. 6:15 p.m. at Campus Y Faculty Lounge, UNC-Chapel Hill campus.

--31st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture. 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Auditorium, UNC-Chapel Hill campus. Former ambassador, congressman and mayor Andrew Young will speak. brings a unique perspective formed by his wealth of experience in national and global leadership to his focus on the challenges of this era. He confronted segregation with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and galvanized a movement that transformed a nation through non-violence. Young was a key strategist and negotiator during the Civil Rights Campaigns in Birmingham and Selma that resulted in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.


--MLK Celebration at Wake Tech Community College's Health Sciences Campus, noon in the Student Lounge of the Health Ed. Building, 2901 Holston Lane, Raleigh (behind WakeMed).

--Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Contest. 6 p.m. at Stone Center Auditorium, UNC-Chapel Hill campus. Sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

--Speech by Michele Norris, co-host of NPR's "All Things Considered." 8 p.m. in Reynolds Theater, Duke University campus.


--MLK Convocation at N.C. Central University, 9:45 a.m. in the B.N. Duke Auditorium on the NCCU campus. Chancellor Charlie Nelms will deliver the address. After the convocation, a rally will take place at the Shepard House.

--"Identifying Freedom: Implications for Civic Engagement." Noon at Breedlove Room, Perkins Library, Duke University campus. A panel of Duke faculty from public policy, African American studies, sociology and Latin American and Caribbean studies will discuss King's legacy of civic engagement.

--Wake Forest's Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. 6 p.m. at Friendship Chapel Baptist Church, 237 Friendship Chapel Road, Wake Forest. After the 6 p.m. dinner, the program will begin at 7 p.m. Wake Forest native Roger Shackleford is the speaker.

Friday, Jan 20

--"I, Too, Sing America" 6:30 p.m. at Stone Center Hitchcock Multipurpose Room, UNC-Chapel Hill campus. Generational perspectives of the poem "I, Too, Sing America."

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