January 2013: Triangle Events Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.
MLK Day: Remembering the Legacy Through Art
Jan. 12 - Participants enjoy activities that highlight the components of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., including visual art displays, poetry open mike, interactive computer web sites, community discussions, arts and crafts projects and more. Free. 2-4 p.m. W. D. Hill Recreation Center, 1308 Fayetteville St., Durham. 919-560-4292. dprplaymore.org.
Jan. 18 – The Raleigh/Wake Martin Luther King Celebration Committee lays a wreath in honor of the civil rights leader. Free. 6 p.m. Martin Luther King Memorial Gardens, corner of Rock Quarry and Martin Luther King Blvd., Raleigh. king-raleigh.org.
Dreamfest Celebration: Desegregating Cary
Jan. 19 – Enjoy a special video presentation and panel discussion for the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of Cary High School. Children's activities during the discussion. Event ends with a reception and musical tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. Free. 3 p.m. Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary. 919-460-4963. townofcary.org.
"The Parchman Hour"
Jan. 19 – A dramatic presentation that celebrates and commemorates the 51st anniversary of the Freedom Riders, 13 African Americans who rode on a bus from Washington, D.C. to New Orleans in 1961. $22-$26. 7:30 p.m. Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary. etix.com.
Dr. King Children's Event and Sock Hop
Jan. 21 – Learn about the Durham Sit-In, hear civil rights stories, sing freedom songs and dance to Civil Rights-era music to celebrate the birthday of Dr. King. Free. 10:30 a.m., noon. Northgate Mall, Center Court, 1058 W. Club Blvd., Durham. 919-286-4400. northgatemall.com.
Dreamfest: Day of Service
Jan. 21 – Help other volunteers with hands-on tasks to help maintain and beautify the area around the Middle Creek Community Center in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., who advocated for the power of community service. All ages; parental supervision required for ages 14 and younger. Registration required. Free. 10 a.m., 2 p.m. 123 Middle Creek Park Ave., Apex. 919-469-4301. townofcary.org.
Jan. 21 – Features a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. and music from the award-winning Martin Luther King Jr. All Children's Choir. Free. Noon. Meymandi Concert Hall, Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. king-raleigh.org.
Raleigh Memorial March
Jan. 21 – Commemorative march for Martin Luther King Jr. Free. The assembly begins at 10 a.m. and the march begins at 11 a.m. State Capitol Bldg. 1 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. king-raleigh.org.
Jan. 27 – Kadir Nelson commemorates the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s iconic speech in a new picture book, I Have a Dream, which brings King's words to life for young readers. Free. 5 p.m. Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill. 919-942-7373. flyleafbooks.com.
Durham Martin Luther King Jr./Black History Month Parade
Feb. 2 – Enjoy a parade honoring the achievements of Martin Luther King Jr. and other great African Americans. Free. Noon. Fayetteville St. Durham. spectacularmag.com.