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2018 Triangle Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Events

Martin Luther King, Jr

January 15th is right around the corner, and that means Martin Luther Luther King, Jr. Day is coming up. This day is important in the community because it honors the legacy and celebrates the birthday of the iconic civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr. King, Jr. fought for equality and human rights for African Americans and all victims of injustice. He used nonviolent direct action and peaceful protest to achieve his goals, and was influenced by Gandhi and Jesus Christ. He was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta Georgia. At the age of 15 he went to Morehouse College and studied medicine and law. He then attended Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania, and earned a Bachelor of Divinity degree. He completed a doctorate program in systematic theology at Boston University, and met and married Coretta Scott while in Boston.

Below are a list of events in the Triangle Area (Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill) that you can take advantage of during the weekend to honor the national day of observance.

The list will update as more events are submitted

Friday, January 12, 2018

38th Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony

Who: Raleigh Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance

Where: Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial Gardens (1215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Raleigh, NC)

When: Friday, January 12 9 – 9:45 am

Information: 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 9 am – 11 am 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.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

MLK, Jr Youth Innovation Summit

Who: Triangle Uplift Foundation

Where: Cary Academy

When: Saturday, January 13 8 am – 2 pm

Information: The Triangle Uplift Foundation is proud to partner with the Triangle Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee to sponsor a Youth Innovation Summit for young people in the Triangle area. The goal is to reach minority, female, and other underrepresented students by providing an opportunity to increase students’ confidence and identity, and to inspire them to pursue study in STEAM-related fields of study. The Summit will provide a rich, collaborative environment exposing them to innovative ideas and programming that will ignite their interests and help them see pathways to a successful future in these careers. The event will target middle and high schools students in the Triangle area.

DPR Martin Luther King, Jr Celebration

Who: Durham Parks and Recreation

Where: W.D. Hill Recreation Center (1308 Fayetteville St, Durham, NC)

When: Saturday, January 13 2 – 5 pm

Information: There will be a host of activities to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. including arts and crafts, music, dancing, and community information, financial, physical and emotional wellness and Food Vendors. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (919) 560-4292.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Duke University 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr Commemoration Keynote Address

Who: Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel – NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc.

Where: Duke University Chapel

When: Sunday, January 14, 3 pm

Information: Free and open to the public. Free parking available in the Bryan Center Parking Garage. For more information, call (919) 684-8353 or visit

Monday, January 15, 2018

2018 Day of Service 5K Run

Who: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Where: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (100 Ridge Rd, Chapel Hill)

When: Monday, January 15 7 – 9 am

Information: Carolina R.O.C.T.S. (Rejuvenating Our Community Through Service) will sponsor its 15th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. This opportunity allows individuals and groups to participate in projects at various locations in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area. In keeping with Dr. King’s bridge-building work, the fundraiser will benefit Girls on the Run of the Triangle and Healthy Girls Save the World. To register, click here

MLK, Jr Day Rally and Service

Who: Chapel Hill – Carrboro NAACP

Where: Peace and Justice Plaza (179 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC)

When: Monday, January 15 9 am – 12:30 pm

Information: 9am – Rally, Peace and Justice Plaza Franklin Street Chapel Hill, led by UNC College Chapter and Chapel Hill- Carrboro NAACP Youth Council, Featured Speaker: Quinton Harper, Activist and Community Organizer
Followed immediately with March To First Baptist Church
10:00 am – Coffee and Conversation: MLK 50 Years Later
11:00am – 12:30pm – Commemorative Church Service led by Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP Branch – Religious Affairs Committee, Featuring NC Senator Valerie Foushee as keynote speaker

Martin Luther King, Jr Day of Service

Who: Franklin Street Yoga Center

Where: Franklin Street Yoga Center (431 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC)

When: Monday, January 15 9:15 am – 7:30 pm

Information: Franklin Street Yoga Center will be holding free classes on Monday to show appreciation for community support for their vision of service.

Idea Generation Next – College Edition

Who: United Way of the Greater Triangle

Where: Duke Energy Center for The Performing Arts (2 E South Street, Raleigh)

When: Monday, January 15 12 pm

Information: Keynote Speaker: Rev. Chalice Overy, Director of Ministries at Baptist Grove Church. United Way of the Greater Triangle, in partnership with the Triangle MLK Committee, asked students from North Carolina Central University, NC State, Shaw University, Saint Augustine’s University, Wake Tech, and William Peace to come up with ideas to address issues they believe are the most urgent. This social innovation challenge, Idea Generation Next, can help answer, “Where do we go from here?”— ideas to make their communities more vibrant places to live is a way to move forward with pride and purpose. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Forgotten Origins and Consequences of Race in America

Who: North Carolina State University

Where: Stewart Theatre – North Carolina State

When: Tuesday, January 16 3 – 5 pm

Information: Presented by Benjamin Jealous, Civil and Human Rights Leader, Former NAACP President. NC State’s MLK Jr. Commemoration Week provides an educational experience that celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.’s thoughts on serving the community. We celebrate MLK Jr. this week with service opportunities, performances, dialogue, and events. For more information, click here



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Lawrence Davis III
Lawrence Davis, a Durham, North Carolina native, is a Sports Editor/Writer and Webmaster. The High Point University Alum has been writing for the magazine since 2013, covering Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), and Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) sports year round, as well as the Durham Bulls (Triple-A) baseball team in spring and summer. Davis is also the Head Coach of the Sanderson High School Varsity Lacrosse team in Raleigh NC, leading his team to numerous school records in only four years with the program. Davis still manages to assist in the organization and facilitation of the Annual NC MLK/Black History Month Parade, Annual NC Juneteenth Celebration, Spectacular Magazine Men of the Year and Spectacular Magazine Women of the Year award programs, among other events. Despite his busy schedule, Lawrence has built and maintains the Spectacular Magazine website and social media. @lawdavis13

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