Since 1986, the third Monday in January has been a federal holiday to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. There are several opportunities to participate in discussions, events and opportunities to volunteer in the local area as part of this annual observance.
Schools will be closed, as will libraries, post offices and banks, and some area non-profits are encouraging individuals to volunteer to improve their communities.
Monday, Jan. 17 will be considered “a day of action” instead of just a day off from daily routines.
For the second year, the Granville County Human Relations Commission will hold its annual celebration virtually, but there are several ways to tune in. The event will begin at 7 a.m. and can be viewed on Spectrum Channel 17, the county government’s local access channel. Viewers can find the event on Facebook and Youtube as well.
Northern Granville Middle School, 3144 Webb School Road, Oxford, will be the site of a celebration Monday, Jan. 17 at 4 p.m. The event, sponsored by the local MLK Committee, is free and open to the public. Masks are required to be worn at the event.
Visit https://trianglemlk.com/ to learn about observances in the Triangle area, including a weath-laying ceremony at 9 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 14 to a memorial march in downtown Raleigh beginning at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 17.
Vance-Granville Community College will host a virtual panel discussion via Zoom on Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. as part of its MLK Jr. observance. Panelists will discuss using equity through social mobility.
Panelists will delve into the areas of education, finance, health and housing as it relates to Dr. King’s dream. “We will continue to focus on his dream by discussing racial justice through Civil Rights to economic justice through the Poor People’s Campaign which he sought near the end of his life,” according to information about the event released by VGCC.
Sponsors include: VGCC board of trustees, VGCC Men’s Achievement Academy, VGCC V.I.E.W. representative and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Register here to join the discussion. https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEucuCgqTIoHtIzZpC7RQSVSle52y8Wq9CS. Contact Dr. Jeffrey Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Activate Good, a Triangle-based agency that helps volunteers connect with area non-profits that need volunteer help, has expanded upon the day of service concept to Dignity Week 2022 between Friday, Jan. 14 and Sunday, Jan. 23.
Visit https://activategood.org/event/97 to learn more or get ideas about how to volunteer in your community.
King’s philosophy of creating change through non-violent resistance resulted in sit-ins, peaceful demonstrations and marches in the 1950’s and 1960’s.
Although there are no records that indicate King visited locally, he did visit Raleigh, Durham and Greensboro, according to North Carolina Room specialist Mark Pace. And, in 1962, during a visit to Rocky Mount, he delivered a dress rehearsal of his now iconic “I Have A Dream” speech that was heard by more than 250,000 civil rights activists who gathered for the March on Washington in August 1963.
In 1964, he was the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. He was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968.