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

Posted January 15, 2014
Updated January 20, 2014

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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  • iriemom Jan 16, 2014

    I'm looking for information about the MLK Day Dreamfest March in downtown Raleigh on 01/20. I see scant references to it on the City of Raleigh web site. I would like to know when it starts, where it starts, and what other activities are part of it, as well as how long the march path is. I've called a City of Raleigh Manager for Events, but I've not gotten a call back.

  • shall6 Jan 16, 2014

    The march is at 11 a.m., Monday, in downtown Raleigh. Here's the event website with much more information:


  • iriemom Jan 16, 2014

    Awesome!! That's exactly the info I was looking for! Thanks so much.

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  • foodstamptrader Jan 20, 2014

    Oh, so that was why there was a crowd gathered at the downtown Chapel Hill PO this morning. I had no idea.

    I forgot that today is another day off for public employees (at my expense). Must be nice. I have to work 2 jobs today. sigh...

  • tatermommy52 Jan 20, 2014

    MLK was a Registered Republican because of the Republicans stance on civil rights. The Democrats resisted extending civil rights to African Americans until it became politically important.

  • Krimson Jan 20, 2014

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    You are referring to the Dixiecrats, who split off from the DNC after the 1948 decision to make Integration one of the Party Platforms.

    Later, in the late 60s, GOP leaders Goldwater and Nixon used the "Southern Strategy" to win support from these Dixiecrats by appealing to their prejudices.

    The South has not changed its political views that much over the last 100 years. Just understand that the Party that mostly speaks to these "traditions" is now the GOP...

  • Krimson Jan 20, 2014

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    To add, a quick Google of "Conservative Coalition" will give you a more clear reason why MLK was a Republican in the South.

    The idea that the GOP more supported the African American "cause", is not entirely true - by the 1940s most African Americans in the North were voting DNC... What is true is that the GOP represented the opposing view to the dominant Democrats of the South - hence MLK's party allegiance...

  • sinenomine Jan 20, 2014

    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.

  • Krimson Jan 20, 2014

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    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???