Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s presence continues to be felt in Durham more than 50 years after he delivered his famous "Fill up the Jails" speech at Durham's White Rock Baptist Church. Many events celebrating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. are being held here in the upcoming days. Dr. King was an important figure in civil rights history and his inspiring example changed the trajectory of history in a powerful and amazing way. Events in Durham will honor his legacy and are listed on the Durham Event Calendar.
Specifically, The Durham Community MLK Steering Committee will hold its 2014 King Holiday Celebration Events Sunday, January 12, 2014 through Monday, January 20, 2014 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. All events are free and open to the public. The MLK Steering Committee is a community-based organization committed to preserving the legacy and example of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by planning appropriate ceremonies and programs in recognition of the King Holiday. For information visit this website or contact DeWarren K. Langley by email. Their events are as follows:
- Youth Program | Motivational Speaker - Janice Guess, Author of Little Colored Girls Want to Wear Pearls Too| Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 4PM | Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, 404 Dowd Street, Durham, NC 27701
- 34nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Triangle Interfaith Prayer Breakfast | Monday, January 20, 2014 - 7AM | Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center, 4700 Emperor Boulevard, Research Triangle Park, NC 27703
- Unity March & Rally | Monday, January 20, 2014 | 10:30AM | Beginning at the NC Mutual Life Insurance Company - 411 West Chapel Hill Street & concluding at First Presbyterian Church - 305 E. Main Street
- Annual Religious Service | Keynote Speaker - Rev. Dr. Sherri Arnold Graham, Executive Secretary Treasurer of Woman’s Baptist Home & Foreign Missionary Convention of North Carolina | Monday, January 20, 2014 - 6PM | St. Mark A.M.E. Zion Church, 531 S. Roxboro Street, Durham, NC 27701
Each year, hundreds of Durham City and County government employees, downtown businesses and residents gather for the City-County Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance Program to reflect on the ideals of Dr. King and to remember his powerful legacy. Durham City and County Governments have scheduled the 9th Annual City-County Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance Program on Wednesday, January 15, 2014.
The keynote speaker for the event is Rev. Dr. Luke A. Powery, Dean of Duke Chapel and an Associate Professor of the Practice of Homiletics at Duke Divinity School. The event is free and open to the public and will feature the City-County Martin Luther King, Jr. Mass Choir.
Discover more about Durham's civil rights history online.