Monday, January 3, 2011

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (& week) events: Durham


10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
MLK March and Rally
Alfonso Elder Student Union, NCCU

Begins at Alfonso Elder Student Union, North Carolina Central University (NCCU) and proceeds to Centennial Garden for laying of wreath and release of doves. Speakers will include NCCU faculty, staff, and students. Contact:


12:00 p.m.

City-County Government Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
First Presbyterian Church, 305 East Main St. (919-560-0008

Dr. David C. Forbes, Sr., a veteran of the civil rights movement, will be keynote speaker. A choir of city and country employees will perform.


9:45 a.m.
North Carolina Central University MLK Convocation
featuring civil rights leader and U.S. Congressman John Lewis (D-GA)
NCCU, McDougald–McLendon Gymnasium

7:00-9:00 p.m.
Screening of Documentary "
Citizen King"
Duke University, Perkins Library Rare Book Room

"American Experience" presents "Citizen King," a two-hour documentary from acclaimed filmmakers Orlando Bagwell ("Africans in America," "Malcolm X: Make it Plain") and Noland Walker ("This Far by Faith," "Africans in America"). "Citizen King" explores the last five years in Martin Luther King Jr.'s life by drawing on the personal recollections and eyewitness accounts of friends, movement associates, journalists, law enforcement officers, and historians, to illuminate this little-known chapter in the story of America's most important and influential moral leader. (Click the links for information about the documentaries.)

Archival photo from the website of the film "Freedom Riders" and publicity for the 2011 Student Freedom Ride


6:00 p.m.
Screening of PBS Documentary "Freedom Riders"
Duke University, Nasher Museum of Art Lecture Hall

Students will join veterans of the Freedom Rides in May of 2011 for the 2011 Freedom Ride. See a preview of the ride
here. Website of the documentary "Freedom Riders" here.


12:00-2:00 p.m.
"MLK Day: Remembering the Legacy Through Art"
W.D. Hill Recreation Center, 1308 Fayetteville St. (919) 560-4292

Featuring a live art show, video production, film and community discussions, poetry jam, video game tournament and more. FREE admission.

12:00-4:00 p.m.
"Annual Raise-A-Reader Bookfair & Talent Showcase"
Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St.

A celebration of the life of Martin Luther King, Jr, with various book vendors & talented youth. This includes a showing of "Tired Souls: King and the Montgomery Bus Boycott" at 2:00 p.m. Free admission.

12:00 p.m.
Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade
Starts at Hillside High School, 3727 Fayetteville St. (919) 680-0465

The Durham MLK Parade provides a wholesome, family-oriented, multi-cultural event. Features floats, marching bands, steppers, horses, motorcycles, school groups and more. All are welcome.

7:00 p.m.
Durham Symphony Orchestra Martin Luther King Concert
Durham Armory, 220 Foster St. (9191) 560-3030

Program: Beethoven, Symphony No. 9; Curry, Eulogy for a Dream. Tickets: $22.50

12:00-3:00 p.m.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Raise A Reader Fair and Youth Talent Showcase
Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St., Durham (919) 683-1709

Features educational and entertaining activities for all ages. The event is designed to promote literacy and is an excellent opportunity to add a book to your child's library: book give -aways will take place throughout the afternoon! The event also features a one-man show on Brown vs. Board of Education and an interactive session on the continent of Africa. FREE admission. More information about this exciting event here.

3:00 p.m.
Duke University MLK Program with Social Justice Advocate Randall Robinson
Duke University, Duke Chapel

FREE and open to the public. Free parking in Bryan Center Parking Garage. More information and full MLK commemoration schedule here.

Sunday, JANUARY 16, 2011

4:00 p.m.
"The REAL Dr. King"
St. Joseph's AME Church, 2521 Fayetteville St.

Rev. Curtis Gatewood will be speaking on Rev. King's standing on the teachings of Jesus Christ. For more information on the event, please call 919-939-6311.

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