Here's how to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the Triangle on MLK Day

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Monday, January 15, 2024
Events in Triangle celebrate life and legacy of MLK Jr.
The cold did not stop people from coming out to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

NORTH CAROLINA (WTVD) -- Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with numerous events happening around our area. MLK Day is a federal holiday designated as a National Day of Service across the U.S. The holiday falls on the third Monday of January each year. In 2024 it will be on King's actual birthday which is January 15.

January 12 - 15

Dreamfest, Cary

The Town of Cary's annual MLK Celebration includes a walk for hope, a comedy show, and an interfaith service. The observance concludes with a day of service.

Martin Luther King Commemoration, Apex

The Town of Apex's weekend celebration will feature a black artist exhibit, a unity march, and social justice Sunday.

January 15

20th MLK Celebration March, Breakfast & Service, Fuquay- Varina

The march will begin at Falcon Park and end at First Baptist Church where there will be a breakfast and service.

Day of Service Honoring MLK, Raleigh

Celebrate the spirit of Dr. King with United Way Triangle and Boys & Girls Club of Raleigh by engaging in community service. All attendees will get the chance to receive free flu vaccines, A1C screenings, and blood pressure tests.

NC State MLK Community in Action, Raleigh

Pay tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.'s commitment to social justice, civic responsibility and volunteerism by participating in the Multicultural Student Affairs service day.

Dream Big Book Drive 2024, Durham

Every MLK Day Book Harvest holds its annual Dream Big Event. It's part book drive, part volunteer event, part community partner fair, part festival, and all party and fun.

44th Annual MLK Jr. Interfaith Prayer Breakfast, Durham

This year's theme is "It Starts with Me: Creating a Beloved Community" with keynote speaker Reverend Canon Sandye A. Wilson. Breakfast will be served starting at 6 a.m.

44th Annual MLK Memorial March, Raleigh

Civic organizations, community leaders, and families are invited to join the march that departs the State Capitol at 11 a.m. Following the March, a Noon Observation will take place at the Martin Marietta Center in Downtown Raleigh.

44th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Evening Musical Celebration, Raleigh

Bring the family to a free celebration featuring local and national artists. ABC11's John Clark will serve as an emcee for the evening.

Martin Luther King Service Clean Up, Holly Springs

Volunteer with Holly Springs Parks & Recreation to clean Bass Lake Park.

Commemorative March & Lunch with the King, Rocky Mount

The march will begin at St. James Missionary Baptist Church on McNair Road at 11 a.m.

"Remember The Dream by Calling for Unity", Granville

The Granville Human Relations Commission is set to host a celebration of diversity at Oxford Baptist Church. The winner of the 2024 MLK essay contest will also be announced at the event.

January 18

MLK Celebration at Friendship Chapel Baptist Church, Wake Forest

Several local churches and community organizations are coming together to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during a free, public celebration.

Past Events

January 13

Celebrating the Legacy Through the Arts, Durham

Durham Parks and Recreation's MLK Day event will be hosted at W.D. Hill Recreation Center.

Dr, Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, Carrboro

This youth-planned event strives to bring the community together to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

National Day of Racial Healing, Raleigh

In commemoration of MLK Day and National Day of Racial Healing, create the blueprint on how to heal from the effects of racism at First Baptist Church.

MLK Day of Celebration and Dreams, Fayetteville

ShaDonna "Mo" McPhaul will host a heartfelt celebration that aims to bring community members together for a day of unity and reflection.

Fayetteville MLK Day of Celebration and Dreams

January 13- 14

10th Unity Celebration, Holly Springs

Celebrate MLK's legacy with a memorial breakfast, a special video message, and a peaceful walk.

January 14

MLK commemoration at Duke Chapel, Durham

Duke trustee Grant Hill and former men's basketball star will deliver the keynote address at Duke Chapel for the University's annual MLK commemoration. The theme of the service is "Our Path to Progress: Realizing the King's Dream of True Freedom for All." The event is free and open to the public,

January 14-19

MLK Jr. Week of Celebration, Chapel Hill

UNC is honoring Dr. King with a free community celebration, day of service, lecture & awards ceremony, and a unity event. The Honorable Judge Beverly Scarlett will be the keynote speaker.

Garner MLK Celebration at GPAC, Garner is hosting its annual celebration of the life and legacy of Dr.King with a free event that's open to the community. Rev. Dr. David Forbes, a local Civil Rights Movement icon, will be the keynote speaker. Mayor Buddy Gupton, U.S. Rep. Wiley Nickel, and the SGA presidents from Garner's high schools will also make remarks.