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Mark MLK Day during these kid-friendly service projects, events

Posted January 15
Updated January 20

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday. Local groups and non-profits are offering ways for kids and families to celebrate the life of the civil rights leader with kid-friendly activities and service projects.

Here are some ways you can get involved: 

  • NC MomsRising, Northgate Mall, Durham Mothers Club, Carrboro/Chapel Hill Mothers Club, Lango Kids, Kids Voting Durham and MomInChapelHill will host a celebration with a story time, crafts and birthday cake from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday, at Northgate Mall in Durham. The fourth annual event will focus on school integration this year. Activities are designed for preschoolers to middle school students. They also will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Interfaith Food Shuttle's Backpack Buddies and new children's underwear for the kids at Urban Ministries of Durham. Read this earlier post for more information about this very popular event. Just added: MusicianCorps will offer afternoon performances and demonstrations from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Special performances will be at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to honor King. Kids and adults will have a chance to try out a number of instruments.
  • Book Harvest, a Durham-based nonprofit which gives books to low-income children, will host 10,000 Books for Kids from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, at Carolina Theatre in Durham. The public is invited to the giant community book drive that will feature Wool E. Bull, the Only Burger food truck, musicians, a pop-up store from Letters Bookshop and local author "celebrity volunteers," including Sarah Dessen, Daniel Wallace, Randall Kenan, Stephanie Greene, John Stanley, j.j. Johnson, Kristyn Kusek Lewis, Frances O’Roark Dowell, and John Claude Bemis.
    Book Harvest will be collecting books during the afternoon of service and encourages community members to run their own book drives in advance of the event. According to a press release, more than 20 schools, neighborhoods, book clubs and other groups have signed up to run book drives. For much more about this event and to learn more about starting your own book drive, go to Book Harvest's website.
  • Marbles Kids Museum, which usually is open only during the morning on Mondays, will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on MLK Day. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the museum in Raleigh will be celebrating community heroes and collecting food for Backpack Buddies to feed children in need.
  • The United Way of the Greater Triangle's massive Day of Service runs all day Monday and includes volunteer opportunities for all ages. 
  • More MLK Day events from Out & About
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  • krimson Jan 20, 3:00 p.m.

    You are referring to the Dixiecrats, who split off from the DNC after the 1948 decision to make... View More

    — Posted by krimson

    To add, a quick Google of "Conservative Coalition" will give you a more clear reason why MLK was... View More

    — Posted by krimson

    I'll add that "zero" Southern Republicans, and very few Southern Dems voted for the Civil Rights... View More

    — Posted by Bill Brasky

    On a more local note, in 1948, the Dixiecrats ran as a third party putting Strom Thurmond up for... View More

    — Posted by krimson

    Another more local note: our state's favorite GOP hero Jesse Helms (who was a Dem until 1960 when he switched to the GOP) once conducted a 16 day Filibuster to stop the US Senate from approving MLK Day as a national holiday... He once remarked that the CRA'64 was "the single most dangerous piece of legislation ever introduced in the Congress"...

  • Bill Brasky Jan 20, 1:22 p.m.

    I usually don't use Wikipedia as a reference, but think link shows exactly how the vote went

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Rights_Act_of_1964

  • krimson Jan 20, 1:18 p.m.

    MLK was a Registered Republican because of the Republicans stance on civil rights. The... View More

    — Posted by tatermommy52

    You are referring to the Dixiecrats, who split off from the DNC after the 1948 decision to make... View More

    — Posted by krimson

    To add, a quick Google of "Conservative Coalition" will give you a more clear reason why MLK was... View More

    — Posted by krimson

    I'll add that "zero" Southern Republicans, and very few Southern Dems voted for the Civil Rights... View More

    — Posted by Bill Brasky

    On a more local note, in 1948, the Dixiecrats ran as a third party putting Strom Thurmond up for POTUS vs. Truman and Dewey (see "Dewey Wins!"). Strom would continue to identify with the Dems until (coincidentally???) 1964, when he swiched to the GOP...

  • jcd241959 Jan 20, 1:11 p.m.

    What was King's opinion of Margaret Sanger?

  • Bill Brasky Jan 20, 12:47 p.m.

    MLK was a Registered Republican because of the Republicans stance on civil rights. The... View More

    — Posted by tatermommy52

    You are referring to the Dixiecrats, who split off from the DNC after the 1948 decision to make... View More

    — Posted by krimson

    To add, a quick Google of "Conservative Coalition" will give you a more clear reason why MLK was... View More

    — Posted by krimson

    I'll add that "zero" Southern Republicans, and very few Southern Dems voted for the Civil Rights Law of 1964, while a higher majority of Nothern Dems voted for the law than Northern Republicans.

    Civil Rights was a North vs the South issue, not a Republican vs Democrat issue.

  • enigma1469 Jan 20, 12:41 p.m.

    Now that we have a black president lets stop taking this holiday and go back to work.

  • Bill Brasky Jan 20, 12:37 p.m.

    MLK was a Registered Republican because of the Republicans stance on civil rights. The... View More

    — Posted by tatermommy52

    Well that's been debunked about a thousand times.

  • Obamacare prevails again Jan 20, 12:29 p.m.

    I wish I could have celebrated by sleeping in this morning, but nope, here I am sitting at work.

  • krimson Jan 20, 12:00 p.m.

    As I understand it the compromise which led to the establishment of MLK's birthday as a holiday... View More

    — Posted by sinenomine

    Growing up in VA, we celebrated "Lee-Jackson-King" day for Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson and (ironically), MLK... But where else can you find a statue of a black tennis star at the end of a row of statues of Confederate Leaders???

  • sinenomine Jan 20, 11:38 a.m.

    As I understand it the compromise which led to the establishment of MLK's birthday as a holiday also involved taking away George Washington's birthday and replacing it with "President's Day", a purely commercial holiday if ever there was one. Have you ever seen it commemorated other than with a banner ad for a sale?

    I hate President's Day. Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln I'm OK with. Why, though, should I care to remember the birthdays of Harding? Clinton? (Maybe Monica sent him a card.) Pierce? Fillmore? The list could be extended.

    Dr. King would be 85 now were he still living. If he were alive no holiday would exist in his honor, at least not yet. I have no doubt either that by now the intrusiveness of the media, fueled in the fires of Watergate, would have ruined his reputation as it has that of many others. We are doomed no longer to have heroes. This is not a reflection on King but an observation about the state of reporting in general.

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