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Community Celebrations Honoring Dr. King

Post Date:01/09/2020 4:52 PM

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR SPEECHChapel Hill was one of the first communities in North Carolina to declare Martin Luther King Jr. Day a municipal holiday, giving municipal employees the day off. Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, will mark the 34th time (since 1986) Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday will be observed as a U.S. federal holiday – and the 36th year (since 1984) that Chapel Hill observes the day as a Town holiday.

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The following are various community events to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Access more information from the sponsoring organizations.

Orange County’s Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at the Passmore Center, 103 Meadowlands Drive, Hillsborough. The celebration features special guest speaker Danita Mason-Hogans, who is a native of Chapel Hill and comes from seven generations of “movement people.” She has been an education activist for more than 30 years and is Program Manager for the Critical Oral Histories program at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

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Carrboro’s Youth-Led Special Event

will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St. This youth planned event strives to bring the community together to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Come celebrate Carrboro’s very own day of service with speakers, bands, and performers.

The 35th Annual University/Community MLK Memorial Banquet & Awards Ceremony will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Friday Center, 100 Friday Drive, Chapel Hill. More information and tickets:

Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP Events on Monday, Jan. 20, include:

  • Rally with speaker Tai Huynh, 9 a.m., Peace and Justice Plaza, 179 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill
  • March to First Baptist Church-Chapel Hill at 10 a.m. followed by coffee and conversations and Community Interfaith Service with Keynote Speaker Gene Nichol at 11 a.m., First Baptist Church, 106 N. Roberson St., Chapel Hill

More information:

MLK Day of Service 2020

(North Carolina Central University Office of Community Engagement and Service

9 a.m.-12 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, 1450 S Alston Avenue, Durham
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Dream Big 2020! (Book Harvest Book Drive)

1-4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, Rhythms Live Music Hall, 2020 Chapel Hill Road, Durham
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MLK Park Ribbon Cutting

3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, 1120 Hillsborough Road, Carrboro
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The MLK Lecture and Awards Ceremony

7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, UNC Memorial Hall.

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, author, radio host and Georgetown University sociology professor, will deliver the keynote. Tickets are free and will be available at the Carolina Performing Arts and Memorial Hall ticket office in early January.

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