The hard part isn’t teaching children about the good Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. achieved; the hard part is telling them the reason his work was (and still is) needed. The fulfilling part is getting your kids involved in their community on his holiday and beyond.
▪ The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, organized by United Way of the Greater Triangle, encourages people to use the long weekend to improve the world they live in. Friday through Monday, wide-ranging volunteer opportunities abound in Wake, Orange, Durham, and Johnston Counties. Visit unitedwaytriangle.galaxydigital.com to view the options. Some are age-restricted, so be sure to read the details.
▪ Also spanning the weekend is the Town of Cary’s Dreamfest 2016. Its six events range from an arts tribute and a diversity summit Saturday to a day of service Monday. Most Dreamfest events are free. Visit townofcary.org for the full schedule.
▪ Northgate Mall’s free celebration runs 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday and features dance, music and civil rights-era recollections from Durham native and North Carolina state Sen. McKissick Jr. Visit northgatemall.com for the full schedule.
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▪ If you’re in Durham, you can go straight from Northgate to Durham Central Park for the Dream Big book drive, organized by Book Harvest. The idea is to make sure every kid has not only access to but also ownership of books. The drive lasts from 1-4 p.m. Visit bookharvestnc.org for information or to sign up to volunteer.
▪ Or take to the streets Monday to show your commitment to justice and racial equality. Raleigh’s “Fierce Urgency of Now” memorial march departs from the Edenton Street side of the State Capitol Building at 11 a.m. (lineup begins an hour prior); Durham’s Unity March and Rally starts at 10:30 a.m. at the NC Mutual Life Insurance Company on West Chapel Hill Street; and Chapel Hill’s rally and march start at 9 a.m. on Franklin Street, culminating in a service at the First Baptist Church on North Roberson Street. Information on each is found at trianglemlk.com/programs-events, durhammlkcommittee.org, and diversity.unc.edu/programs-and-initiatives/mlk.
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