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MLK Center for Humanity Proposed

Posted January 19, 1998 6:00 a.m. EST

— The Triangle is one of America's best places to live. The Martin Luther King Celebration Committee wants to make it better for all people, including the poor and disadvantaged, and the committee realizes that, in order to succeed, the cycle of poverty must be broken.

King Day has come and gone in the Triangle. People marched in tribute to the civil rights legend and children stirred hearts with gospel singing, but for the Raleigh MLK committee, celebrating is not enough. Committee Chairman Dr. Dumas Harshaw says the panel proposes to build The Martin Luther King Center for Humanity, a place that would help the disadvantaged.

The proposed center will be built next to the King Memorial Gardens. Dr. Mike Ward, director of the North Carolina Division of Public Instruction is excited about the center's potential impact.

For the next six weeks, the King committee will conduct a series of public meetings to gain public input on the proposed center. Governor Jim Hunt says he supports the committee's efforts.

The committee hopes to complete the center in time for King Day 2000 -- to launch King's dream for a 'beloved community' into the 21st Century.

The King Center will cost $2 million to build. A triangle-wide campaign is underway to raise the money.

Anyone interested in participating should call the MLK Committee at (919)834-6264.