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Durham hosts virtual MLK event with live music, community discussion, dancing

Posted January 14, 2021 5:34 p.m. EST

— For those looking for a way to celebrate MLK Day from the safety of their own home, Durham Parks and Recreation has put together a virtual celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The virtual event will commemorate his work through the theme: Remembering the Legacy through the Arts.

Participants can enjoy activities like music, poetry, dancing and community engagement discussions -- all from the safety of their own living room.

The event has singers, a DJ and spoken-word poets.

Itinerary of Durham's virtual MLK Day celebration

11 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Group discussion about the current events and COVID-19
11:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. Clips of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Speeches
12 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Entertainment

  • Song – Lift Every Voice and Sing – Abria Ellis
  • Spoken Word - Dasan Ahanu and Church Da Poet
  • Poetry by Mama Noni
  • Pre-recorded musical performance by Councilman Pierce Freelon

12:45 p.m. – 1 p.m. Break (Music playing in the background)

1 p.m. - 1:10 p.m. Movement Activity (Stretching and Line Dances)

1:10 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Community Praise/Outreach – local artists and community groups will highlight the services they have to offer.

1:45 p.m. – 2 p.m. Closing

Music will be provided by DJ Go Off.

The celebration takes place Saturday, January 23 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. To register, visit DPRPlayMore.org.

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