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MomsRising: Moms groups hold free kid-friendly MLK Day event

Posted January 13, 2014

Dr. & Mrs. Martin Luther King Jr. pose for a portrait.  (World Telegram & Sun photo by Herman Hiller)

Editor's Note: Jeannine Sato, a Durham mom and member of NC MomsRising, shares information about an annual event next week to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Martin Luther King Day can be a heavy holiday to explain to little kids. Last year, my three and six-year-old were full of questions.

Fortunately, NC MomsRising found a way to throw an MLK birthday bash any kid can love and understand complete with birthday cake, crafts and story time. And parents can feel good about the educational displays and easy on-site community service project, which carries the spirit of King and special significance in our country’s history.

In its fourth year, the annual birthday party has turned into a popular family-friendly MLK event in the Triangle. The whole thing goes down like a real kid's birthday party in a kid-friendly-keep-your-attention-for-two-hours way at Northgate Mall in Durham.

This year’s theme is school integration. There will be speakers and story tellers, including Dr. Charmaine McKissick-Melton, one of the first black children to experience school desegregation in Durham Public Schools. MusicianCorps will perform and showcase freedom songs and instruments from the civil rights movement. A photo exhibit will provide a glimmer of civil rights demonstrations. Activities are designed for preschool, elementary and middle school children.

For the community service project, kids can donate non-perishable food items to the Interfaith Food Shuttle’s Backpack Buddies program or bring a package of new childrens’ underwear to donate to the kids at Urban Ministries of Durham.

For parents, this is a win-win day out. Entertain the kids, educate them on an important topic in American history, help people, eat cake, maybe grab lunch in the food court and let them nap on the car ride home. The best part? The whole event is FREE.

What: Join us for story time, crafts, and birthday cake as we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a way that kids can understand.
When: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Jan. 20, MLK Day. 
Where: Center Court at Northgate Mall, 1058 West Club Blvd. in Durham.
Sponsored by: NC MomsRising, Northgate Mall, Durham Mothers Club, Carrboro/ Chapel Hill Mothers Club, Lango Kids, Kids Voting Durham, MomInChapelHill.
Questions? Contact Jessica Burroughs at 919-260-5375 or

Jeannine Sato is a Durham mother of two and member of NC MomsRising.


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