Beloved Community – Here and Now

Upcoming Events

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

FRIDAY, JANUARY 14

9:00 a.m.

42nd 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

Keynote Speaker: The Rev. Stanley Byrd, Pastor, Kingdom Harvest Church, President of RIMA

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


12:00 p.m.

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 are from 9am-11am for our nation and our community. 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 17

7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

42nd Annual Triangle Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Prayer Breakfast — Virtual Edition (Streamed)

Watch on WRAL-TV at 8am or you may visit www.WRAL.com for the entire program starting at 7am.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie

Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie is the 117th elected and consecrated bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She is the first female elected to episcopal office in the more than two decade-old AME Church and is the first female to serve as President of the Council of Bishops and President of the General Board.

Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie currently serves as National Chaplin of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Director of Documentaries at Payne Theological Seminary.


11:00 a.m. CANCELED

The 42nd Annual Martin Luther King Memorial March- Downtown Raleigh

Departs at 11 a.m. from State Capitol Building, Edenton Street Side, Downtown Raleigh

10:00 a.m. – March Assembly and Line up Begins

***** Masks or not required but recommended****


12:00 p.m.

The 42nd Annual Martin Luther King Noon Observation- Virtual Edition

Panel Discussion: Beloved Community Here and Now

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Terrance Ruth, NC State Professor

Moderator: Angel Brown, Manager, Neighborhood Impact at UWGT

Panelists:  Kerwin Pittman, Executive Director of Recidivism Reduction Educational Program Services

Maria Mayorga, LatinX Civic Engagement Coordinator of Blueprint NC

Byron Laws, NC Counts Coalition

Sponsoring Partner: United Way of the Greater Triangle

Watch on Triangle Dr. Martin Luther King Facebook Page and on the Triangle Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Committee YouTube Page at Noon.


5:30 p.m.

42nd 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 Local and National artists from around the Triangle

Watch on Triangle Dr. Martin Luther King Facebook Page and on the Triangle Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Committee YouTube Page at 5:30 p.m.

Watch on Triangle Dr. Martin Luther King Facebook Page and on the Triangle Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Committee YouTube Page at 5:30 p.m.

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