Martin Luther King Jr. Day events begin Friday in Triangle

sgilman@newsobserver.comJanuary 16, 2014 

The federal holiday honoring the life and work of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. is Monday, but events inspired by the holiday will take place all weekend and beyond. Here are three King Day events scheduled for Friday:


The 34th annual Martin Luther King Wreath Laying Ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Memorial Gardens at MLK Boulevard at Rock Quarry Road in Raleigh. The event will include music performed by the Sanderson High School Chorus and a wreath-laying by Jocelien Whitehead, the Miss Black Talented Teen USA for 2013. For more information, contact the Triangle Martin Luther King Jr. Committee at 919-615-1416.


The Duke MLK Commemoration Committee will host a screening of the documentary “Mighty Times: The Children’s March” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in room 04 of the Sanford School for Public Policy on Science Drive in Durham. The free event will include a viewing of the film that tells the story of young people in Birmingham, Ala., during desegregation in 1963 and time for discussion. “Mighty Times” won the 2005 Academy Award for Documentary Short. For more information, contact professor Catherine Admay at


The Women of Action Gathering sponsored by the MLK Task Force of Cary will take place at 7 p.m. at the Page-Walker Arts and History Center in Cary. Gloria Ward Wright will be speaking about her experience marching with Martin Luther King Jr. when she was a teenager. Wright will also speak about her book, “From the Back of the Line: The Views of a Teenager From the 1960s Civil Rights Movement,” and hold a book signing after her talk. For more information, call Kris Carmichael at 919-460-4963.

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