Dr. Martin Luther King Day 2010 celebrations in the Raleigh NC area

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The Raleigh, NC area will be honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a variety of ways this year.  This year, the Dr. Martin Luther King Day holiday will be observed on Monday, January 18, 2010.  The following is a partial list of events and celebrations that you can attend in Raleigh and the surrounding areas to pay tribute to this great leader:

Dr. Martin Luther King Day celebration in the Raleigh NC area – Wreath Laying Ceremony

This year’s Wreath Laying Ceremony will take place on Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday, Friday, January 15th at 6:00pm at the Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Gardens, 1300 Martin Luther King Blvd., Raleigh, NC.   The Memorial Gardens was the first public park in the United States to be dedicated solely to Dr. King and the civil rights movement.  Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker will speak at the event, and the keynote address will be given by Ms. Abeni El-Amin of the Raleigh Human Relations Commission.

Dr. Martin Luther King Day celebration in the Raleigh NC area – 30th Annual Martin Luther King Interfaith Triangle Prayer Breakfast

The 30th Annual Triangle Interfaith Prayer Breakfast will take place at 8:00am on Monday, January 18th at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Research Triangle Park, NC.  The breakfast is free and open to the public, and admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Doors open at 7:15am.  This year’s keynote address will be given by The Reverend Doctor William J. Barber II, who has been the pastor of the Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, NC for sixteen years and the President of the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP since 2005.

Dr. Martin Luther King Day celebration in the Raleigh NC area – Dreamfest

Every year in Cary, NC, the Town of Cary organizes a series of events and activities to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  This year’s events include a concert of Spirituals and Freedom Songs performed by the Concert Singers’ Chamber Choir;  a Dream of Unity Ecumenical Service on Sunday, January 17th; and the Dream of Democracy March and Day of Service starting at 10:00am on Monday, January 18th.  For more detailed information about these events, click here.

Dr. Martin Luther King Day celebration in the Raleigh NC area – Duke University 2010 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration

The theme for Duke University’s commemoration of Dr. King this year is “Where Do We Go From Here?: Overcoming Inequity and Building Community.”  The commemoration will include a number of events, including the January 13th opening of the “I AM the Dream” gallery exhibit at the John Hope Franklin Center; a free talk by labor activist Dolores Huerta on January 17th at 3:00pm at Duke Chapel; a performance by the African Children’s Choir on Monday, January 18th at 2:00pm at Page Auditorium; and a Candlelight Vigil on Monday, January 18th at 5:00pm at Wade Wallace Stadium.  For more information, click here.

Dr. Martin Luther King Day celebration in the Raleigh NC area – 30th Annual Martin Luther King Memorial March

The 30th Annual Martin Luther King Memorial March will take place on Monday, January 18,, 2010.  The assembly will begin at 10:00am at the Raleigh State Capitol building on the Edenton Street side of the building.  The march itself will begin at 11:00am.  Admission to this event is free.

Dr. Martin Luther King Day celebration in the Raleigh NC area – Martin Luther King All-Star All-Youth Dream Concert

The sixth annual All-Star All-Youth Dream Concert will take place on Monday, January 18th at 4:00pm at Meymandi Concert Hall in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh.  The Raleigh based Martin Luther King, Jr. All-Children’s Choir will perform with the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble.  The program will consist of a mixture of soul, gospel and jazz music.  There will be special guest performances by The Angela Spivey from Chicago and Bruce Parham from Philadelphia.  For details on where to buy tickets and ticket prices, click here.

Sources: The Raleigh King Committee website; Town of Cary website; Duke University website; Visit Raleigh website.

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