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Remembrances, Closings Mark MLK Day

Posted January 18, 1998 12:00 a.m. EST

— Shaw University, UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke, churches and the John Locke Foundation are among many Triangle institutions that have been staging remembrances, celebrations and examinations of the contributions of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, and more events are scheduled. The official observance is Monday.

A key event scheduled for Tuesday is an address by Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers and chairwoman of the NAACP. She will speak at 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall at UNC-CH. Her talk will be preceded by a candlelight vigil at 6 p.m. in the Pit on the UNC campus.

Meanwhile, marches, speeches, prayer breakfasts and inter-cultural events took place on Monday, and several are scheduled for later in the week.

On Wednesday, "Freedom on My Mind," a film about black and white students in the civil rights movement in Mississippi in 1964 will be shown at the Sonja Haynes Stone Black Cultural Center. The showing is free and begins at 1:30 p.m.

Among events at North Carolina State University, the production "I Have a Dream," drawn from King's writings, will be performed by the National Black Touring Circuit of New York. Raleigh's Herman LeVern Jones is one of the ensemble. The presentation will be Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Stewart Theatre on the campus. $12 admission; $8 students with ID; $5 seniors and youth under 12. For more information call 515-1100.

As part of the official day, just about all routine business and government operations were closed Monday. Stores and parks were open. In Wake County, the State Farmers' Market is operating on its usual schedule.

Among places closed are schools, post offices, governmental offices, banks, libraries and ABC stores.