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9:00 AM
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

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.

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 2016 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)
36th Annual MLK, Jr. Triangle Interfaith Prayer Breakfast
Sheraton Imperial Hotel, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
Reverend Mark-Anthony Middleton
Pastor, Abundant Hope Christian 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
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
Bishop Lawrence G. Campbell, Sr.
Bible Way Cathedral, Danville VA

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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

January 19 at 8:00 a.m. – February 27 at 5:00 p.m.

40 Days of Peace-United Way of Greater Triangle
Various Locations throughout the Triangle
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 item.


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

Other Martin Luther King Holiday Events:

  • The 2016 Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Annual Celebration hosted by the Town of Garner, North Carolina will be held on Sunday, January 17, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. The MC will be Mr. Gerald Owens.

Thank you to our 2016 partners and sponsors!

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