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Written by:  Janice Lewine
Date: January 1, 2012

Triangle communities and moms groups honor the legacy of civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in January. Consider taking the family to an event listed below. Events are free unless otherwise noted.

CARY

Martin Luther King Jr. Dreamfest Memorial Concert: ‘A Tribute to Martin’
Saturday, Jan. 14; 4 p.m.
Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave.
The Triangle Jazz Ensemble, The Raleigh LDS and Stake Choir, Vision United Singers and others take to the stage for an inspiring evening of music and dance. Visit www.townofcary.org.

Martin Luther King Jr. Dreamfest Day of Service
Monday, Jan. 16; at 2 p.m.
Location to be determined.
Take part in a community service project honoring Rev. King. For details and to register, call 919-460-4963 or visit www.townofcary.org.

Creative Fire: an African-American Celebration of the Arts
Saturday, Feb. 18 and Sunday, Feb. 19
Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave.
Creative workshops, a marketplace, musical performances beginning at 9 a.m. Feb. 18. Admission is free. On Feb. 19 at 3 p.m., award-winning storyteller and author Donna Washington entertains an audience of all ages. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased online at www.etix.com. Visit www.townofcary.org for details.

CHAPEL HILL

Martin Luther King Jr.
Birthday Celebration
Monday, Jan. 16 through Friday, Jan. 20
Stone Center Hitchcock Multipurpose Room, UNC-Chapel Hill campus
Explore Rev. King’s legacy through music, poetry and the spoken word Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. Generational perspectives are represented through interpretations of the poem “I, Too, Sing America” Jan. 20 at 6:30 p.m. For a list of activities, visit www.unc.edu/diversity/mlk.

DURHAM

Martin Luther King Jr. Parade
Saturday, Feb. 4; 2012; noon
Fayetteville Street
“I ‘Still’ Have a Dream” is the parade’s theme, which honors Rev. King and other inspiring African Americans. Call 919-680-0465 for details or visit www.spectacularmag.com.

RALEIGH

Martin King Jr. Wreath-laying Ceremony
Friday, Jan. 13; 6 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Gardens, corner of Rock Quarry Road and Martin Luther King Boulevard
Features a wreath-laying ceremony, prayer and remarks. Visit www.king-raleigh.org/events/bodyO.cfm for details.

32nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial March
Monday, Jan. 16; 11 a.m.
State Capitol Building
Join other Triangle residents in a march to honor the legacy of Rev. King. Assembly begins at 10 a.m. Visit www.king-raleigh.org/events/bodyO.cfm to learn more.

32nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Ecumenical Observance
Monday, Jan. 16; noon
Meymandi Hall, Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E. South St.
Features a tribute to Rev. King and music from the award-winning Martin Luther King, Jr. All Children’s Choir. Visit www.king-raleigh.org/events/bodyO.cfm
for details.

32nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Evening Musical Celebration
Monday, Jan. 16; 5:30 p.m.
Meymandi Hall, Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E. South St.
Live music and dance performances honor the life and work of Rev. King. See www.king-raleigh.org/events/bodyO.cfm for more information.

11th Annual African American Cultural Celebration
Saturday, Jan. 28; 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
North Carolina Museum of History
5 E. Edenton St.
The 11th annual festival features than 75 musicians, storytellers, dancers, authors and re-enactors who help tell the rich and varied stories of our state. A fun and education day for the whole family. To learn more, visit www.ncmuseumofhistory.org.





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