All programs are FREE and open to the public in cooperation with area businesses, corporations, churches and civic organizations.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 15
41st Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony – Virtual Edition
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Gardens
1215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Raleigh, NC
Sponsoring Partner: Raleigh Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance
A small gathering of local leaders and clergy will socially distance and lay a wreath beside the statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to honor his life and as a symbol of solidarity towards achieving a more beloved community
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.
MONDAY, JANUARY 18
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
41st Annual Triangle Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Prayer Breakfast — Virtual Edition (Streamed)
Bishop Michael Curry
The Reverend Michael Curry is the presiding Bishop and primate of The Episcopal Church and former bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina. His latest book “Love is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times” reflects the theme of our breakfast and echoes King’s call to action. Watch on WRAL-TV at 8am or you may visit www.WRAL.com for the entire program starting at 7am.
Stop Hunger One Family at a Time (Drive Thru) Food Distribution
Presented by: Triangle MLK, Committee, Year of the Black Entrepreneur, Marketing with a Twist, Food Bank of NC and Marketing with a Twist
Location: Southeast Raleigh YMCA – located at 1436 Rock Quarry Road
This is a King, Jr. Day of Service where area families in need of food assistance are encouraged to come to the Southeast Raleigh YMCA beginning at 9am for a box of donated food items. Since this is a drive thru event, trunk space must be available to receive items. There is a limit of 1 box per family and donations are provided on a first come, first-served basis.
The 41st Annual Martin Luther King Noon Observation- Virtual Edition
Panel Discussion: Love Is The Way: Community Resiliency During COVID-19
Sponsoring Partner: United Way of the Greater Triangle
Dr. King taught us that the solution for creating great change exists in the individuals closest to the challenge. In this conversation, MLK, Jr. Commission Chair Rev. James White will convene local organizers and activists to discuss Dr. King’s teachings and the movement we are witnessing today. Participating panelists are Rev. William Barber III, Father Jemonde Taylor, Rev. Lisa Yebuah and Dr. Dumas A. Harshaw, Jr.
Watch on Triangle Dr. Martin Luther King Facebook Page and on the Triangle Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Committee Youtube Page at Noon
41st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. (Virtual) Evening Musical Celebration
Presented by: The Triangle Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee
Hosted by: John Clark, Melissa Wade and Jerry Smith
The daylong observance concludes with a virtual musical event featuring Jazz Musician Marcus Anderson, Gospel Artists, Kim Persons McDowell, Marshetta Parker, Kimberly Michelle Prince, and the award-winning Martin Luther King, Jr. All-Children’s Choir and other artists coming together in song to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy.
Watch on Triangle Dr. Martin Luther King Facebook Page and on the Triangle Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Committee Youtube Page at 5:30pm