Celebrations & Service to Commemorate MLK Jr. Day

Give back, march, and honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 17
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Martin Luther King Jr. Day arrives on Monday, Jan. 17. Below, we have 6 events across the Triangle, both in-person and virtual, that offer a chance for local families to learn more about and celebrate the life of Dr. King.

Jan. 8
2022 MLK Day of Service

W.D. Hill Recreation Center, 1308 Fayetteville St, Durham
Durham Parks and Recreation kick the season of service into gear on Saturday, Jan. 8 from 2-5pm. Meet the team at W.D. Hill Recreation Center and “dig” in as you bring the community garden to life. The focus of the day will be clearing out the plot and getting it ready for future fresh fruits and vegetables. During the project, a ceremonial ribbon cutting indicating the re-opening of the Center will take place at 3pm. In addition, an official dedication of the newly named Algonquin Tennis Club Room will follow soon after. Don’t miss the the light refreshments after your long day of volunteering. All ages are welcome to attend. No registration is required for this free event.

Jan. 12-17
Dreamfest

A mix of in-person locations in Cary & virtual events
Wednesday-Monday (Jan. 12-17), the Town of Cary has a plethora of programming centered around MLK Day. The six-day event is entitled Dreamfest and encourages Cary residents to get involved with their community and history.  Expect virtual home presentations, films, theatrical performances, storytellers, and an interfaith MLK service. To see the full list of activities go here. Prices vary from free to $27 depending on the event.

Jan. 15
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Carrboro Century Center, 100 N Greensboro St, Carrboro
As Whitney Houston sang, “I believe that children are our future.” The town of Carrboro agrees and is letting the youth of the area take the reins in planning the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. The day of service will start promptly at 1pm and end at 3pm. Bring a friend and enjoy a line-up of speakers at Carrboro Century Center. All events are free to attend.

Jan. 17
MLK March

St. Augusta Missionary Baptist Church, 605 Bridge Street, Fuquay-Varina
March from St. Augusta Missionary Baptist Church to the Falcon Park Shelter on MLK Day to celebrate his life. Parade participants are asked to arrive at 10:15am and at 10:30am the walk will begin. The route is 1.6 miles long so wear your comfortable shoes. Once you arrive at Falcon Park, refreshments will be served. This event is free to attend.  

Jan. 17
Dream Big Book Harvest’s MLK Day Book Drive & Community Celebration

Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St, Durham
Time to clean out that closet and donate children’s books to the annual Dream Big MLK Day Book Drive hosted by Book Harvest. From 1-4pm join the celebration at Durham Central Park. Not only is this event a book drive, it’s also a volunteer event, a community partner fair, a festival, and a party! Have fun while munching on free popcorn from Mad Popper or meeting Wool E. Bull. That’s not all, The Poetry Fox, The Scrap Exchange, Mr. A’s Beignets, and more will also be making appearances.   

Jan. 17-21
MLK Day of Service 2022

Durham/Virtual
United Way of Greater Triangle is at it again with their 27th Day of Service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. This year’s focus is helping and bringing awareness to maternal health organizations in the Triangle. United Way suggests four different ways to engage in service including hosting a supply drive, volunteering at the Diaper Bank of NC, participating in the Maternal Health Awareness Challenge, and signing up for Maternal Health Unwrapped. The supply drive will benefit Diaper Bank of NC, Equity Before Birth, and MAAME, Inc. All events are free to attend.

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