Guide to MLK Day Around Raleigh: Festivals, Events, Things to Do

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Around America, cities come together on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to celebrate the revolutionary civil rights leader. In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King's life and work, there are a wide variety of events around the nation during the holiday on the third weekend of January. And in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, it's no different. Here are some family-friendly events and service projects to keep you busy on when MLK rolls around January 21, 2019.

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Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade

Named "One of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast," the Durham MLK Parade provides a wholesome, family-oriented, multi-cultural event. Features floats, marching bands, steppers, horses, motorcycles, school groups and more. Free. 12 p.m. Durham.

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The Town of Cary's Dreamfest includes a community expo, a service project at Hemlock Bluff Nature Preserve and a Dream of Democracy March. Check the site for a full schedule of events. January 15-17

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MLK Community Day of Service

On the annual MLK Holiday, in conjunction with the Triangle United Way, this project will involve thousands of volunteers to go into various communities to provide hand's on service to residents. The goal is to ignite the spirit of community by providing a quality experience for volunteers of all ages and the opportunity to create lasting results across the Triangle region. Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Morrisville. January 17

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He Was a Poem, He Was a Song

This annual program will explore Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy through music, poetry and spoken word. The program will feature a poetry performance by Kane Smego of the Sacrificial Poets and jazz performances by Ron Baxter and Ensemble and Joy Harrell accompanied by Marsa Whitesell. 7-9 p.m. Sonja Haynes Stone Center, UNC, Chapel Hill. January 17

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30th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Lecture

Soledad O’Brien headlines this annual lecture in honor of MLK. Ticket required. 7:30 p.m. Memorial Hall. Chapel Hill. January 19

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