Video to Feature Dedication of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

Post Date:01/12/2007

On Monday, the Town of Chapel Hill will air a documentary video about the naming of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on Chapel Hill TV 18, the government access cable channel, at noon and 7 p.m.

The video features the dedication celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on May 8, 2005. The Chapel Hill Town Council approved in December 2004 the renaming of Airport Road to Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.  The Council encouraged considerable public discussion on the renaming proposal, and public forums were held throughout 2004.

Featured on film, the dedication event began with ceremonial activities outside of Town Hall; included song, poetry and a people’s procession; and concluded with entertainment at the Hargraves Community Center. The day marked the 45th anniversary of Dr. King’s visit to Chapel Hill in 1960.

The film captures music by the J.R. Manley Essence of God Youth Choir and the St. Joseph Male Chorus; and presentations by Mayor Kevin Foy, Rev. Jill Edens of the United Church of Chapel Hill; Council Member Bill Thorpe, who at the time was identified as a former Council member because he had not yet been reelected to office; and Fred Battle, president of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP. Several interviews of residents are included in the film, which was produced by The Peoples Channel 8, the cable public access channel for Chapel Hill.

This Monday marks the 21st time (since 1986) Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday will be observed as a U.S. federal holiday – and the 23rd time (since 1984) that Chapel Hill observes the day as a town holiday. Chapel Hill was one of the first communities in North Carolina to declare Martin Luther King Jr. Day a municipal holiday.

Dr. King was assassinated in 1968. Ever since, special memorial services have marked his birthday on Jan. 15. By vote of Congress, the third Monday of every January is a federal holiday in Dr. King's honor. By 1989, the MLK holiday was adopted in 44 states (including North Carolina in 1983). By 2000, all 50 states (including North Carolina in 1988) had adopted the holiday as a paid holiday for all state employees.

In Chapel Hill, most municipal offices will be closed on Monday. Services will be provided on the following schedule:


Residential Refuse Collection: Monday routes will be collected on Wednesday, Jan. 17.

Commercial Refuse Collection: There will be no commercial service.

Orange Regional Landfill: The landfill will be open.

Recycling: There will be no change in schedule.

Orange County Solid Waste Convenience Centers will be closed.

Chapel Hill Transit will run on a reduced Saturday Service schedule. The routes that will be operating are the DM, JN, FG, Saturday T, CM/CW only. Please consult your route guide for specific schedule times or call 968-2775 ext. 139.

Housing: Offices and Maintenance Division will be closed. For emergency maintenance services, call 968-2855.

Public Library: The Library will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. for circulation, internet, and limited reference services only. Children’s services will not be available.

Parks and Recreation: The Plant Road administrative office will be closed. For Chapel Hill Community Center schedules, call 968-2790; for schedules at the Hargraves Center and Northside Gym, call 968-2794.

Parking: The parking office will be closed. On-street parking at meters and parking in Town-owned lots will be free.



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