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9:00 AM
Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Kickoff Event
2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Wreath Laying Ceremony

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Gardens
1500 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Raleigh, NC

Friday, January 13th  A Day of Prayer and Reflection

We pause today 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.

Book References:

Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love, Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1981.
Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from a Birmingham Jail”. April, 1963.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?, Boston: Beacon Press, 1967.
Lewis V. Baldwin, Editor, “Thou, Dear God”: Prayers That Open Hearts and Spirits, The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Boston: Beacon Press, 2012.
Lewis V. Baldwin, Editor, “In a Single Garment of Destiny”: A Global Vision of Justice, Martin Luther King, Jr., Boston: Beacon Press, 2012.


MLK Day of Service- United Way of Greater Triangle
Various Locations throughout the Triangle
This four-county community service day helps empower and strengthen local communities. In 2015, United Way of the Greater Triangle hosted 2,823 Triangle volunteers at 37 service projects to pack soup mixes, make blankets, create literacy kits, read to kids, and more to honor of Dr. King’s legacy of service and to strengthen local communities. Make plans now to recruit your friends and family to work together to make MLK Day 2017 a “day on not a day off.”

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7:15 AM
(Doors open at 5:45 a.m., breakfast is served from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. ONLY)
37th Annual MLK, Jr. Triangle Interfaith Prayer Breakfast
Sheraton Imperial Hotel, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
Reverend James White
Pastor, Christ Our King Community Church, Durham, NC
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You can watch the Interfaith Prayer Breakfast on WRAL-TV at 8am and FOX 50 at noon.

11:00 AM
37th Annual MLK Memorial DayMarch
Departs from State Capitol Building, Edenton Street Side, Downtown Raleigh 10:00am- March Assembly and Line up Begins

12:00 PM

Idea Generation Next – College Edition
Duke Energy Center for The Performing Arts, 2 E South Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

United Way of the Greater Triangle, in partnership with the Triangle MLK Committee, asked students from North Carolina Central University, NC State, Shaw University, Saint Augustine’s University, Wake Tech, and William Peace to come up with ideas to address issues they believe are the most urgent. This social innovation challenge, Idea Generation Next, can help answer, “Where do we go from here?”— ideas to make their communities more vibrant places to live is a way to move forward with pride and purpose. 

Reverend Sterling Freeman

Event Partners

5:30 PM
37th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Evening Musical Celebration
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E South Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

Featuring Special Guests: Tyscot Gospel Recording Artist Ruth LaOntra, National Acclaimed Martin Luther King All Children’s Choir, The Christian Angels and many others!

All programs are FREE and open to the public in cooperation with area businesses, corporations, churches and civic organizations.

Thank you to our partners and sponsors!

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Other Events

Durham Martin Luther King Steering Committee Events:
Unity March & Rally | Monday, January 16, 2017 | 10:30AM

  • Beginning at the NC Mutual Life Insurance Company – 411 West Chapel Hill Street, Durham, NC 27701 & concluding at First Presbyterian Church – 305 E. Main Street, Durham, NC 27701 | *Bring new children’s books for donation to the Book Harvest’s Dream Big Book Drive

7th Annual Birthday Party Honoring the Life & Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – A Celebration of Durham’s Black Wall Street & The Green Book | Monday, January 16, 2017 |10:30AM – 1:00PM​         Northgate Mall, 1058 West Club Boulevard, Durham, NC 27701

  • ​Sponsored by Moms Rising, Durham Community Martin Luther King, Jr. Steering Committee, and other community organizations​

Day of Service – Book Harvest’s Dream Big Book Drive| Monday, January 16, 2017 – 1:00PM – 4:00PM​         Durham Central Park, 501 Foster Street, Durham, NC 27701

  • ​Sponsored by Book Harvest NC

Annual Religious Service – | Monday, January 16, 2017 |6:00PM |Peace Missionary Baptist Church, 2608 Apex Highway, Durham, NC 27713

  • Keynote Speaker – Reverend Prince Raney Rivers, Senior Pastor, United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church – Winston-Salem, NC

TOWN OF CARY’S MLK, Jr. DREAMFEST 2017| January 14-16, 2017

DREAMFEST: Tellebration
Page-Walker Arts & History Center
Saturday, January 14 | 9 a.m. | Free

Tellebration brings together two exceptional African-American storytellers, Willa Brigham and Donna Washington, and talented author Johnny Ray Moore for a morning designed to engage children through the art of storytelling demonstrating the themes of Conversation and Participation to learn more about Dr. King and his teachings

DREAMFEST: Diversity Summit
Cary Arts Center
Saturday, January 14 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Free

A series of panel discussions coordinated by Jireh Management on the Dreamfest theme: Healing Race Relations through Conversation and Participation.

DREAMFEST: Poetry Fest
The Cary Theater
Saturday, January 14 | 7 p.m. | Free
In the tradition of the civil rights movement and Dr. King’s call to writers to bear witness to social injustice, the Poetry Fest at The Cary invites area poets to join in Participation through Poetry. The event will be moderated by poet and cultural historian Darrell Stover.

DREAMFEST: Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise
The Cary Theater
Sunday, January 15 | 2 p.m. | $5
And Still I Rise is the first feature documentary created about the remarkable writer, poet, actress, activist Maya Angelou – an outstanding example of the use of Conversation and Participation.

DREAMFEST: Day of Service 2017 – Demonstration Participation
Middle Creek Community Center
Monday, January 16 | 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. | Free
The MLK, Jr. Day of Service is a great way to give back to your community Through Participation. Volunteers will spend contribute their time 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. All ages are welcome to participate. Volunteers 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Please register at EZ-REG:

  • Monday, January 16 | 10 a.m.–noon | 100735
  • Monday, January 16 | 2–4 p.m. | 100736