Triad, NC -- In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday on Sunday, January 15th, residents and communities across the Triad have organized celebrations of all kinds throughout the weekend. The official holiday to celebrate Dr.King's birthday is Monday, January 16th.
Greensboro MLK, Jr. Day Parade: The parade begins at 2031 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard north and will continue to Gorrell Street. The parade begins at 11am and will conclude at 2pm at the intersection of Davie and Gorrell streets. (20,000 people are expected to attend!)
Lexington Parade: the parade, sponsored by the Lexington branch of the NAACP, will begin at 1pm. The parade route will be along Main Street, in Lexington.
NCA&T Activities for the Community:
8:30am-1pm: Cove Creek Gardens beautification project
9am-1pm: Serving meals to the homeless at Greensboro Urban Ministry Kitchen
9am-11am: Welfare reform; distribute and stock items for the community
1am-4pm: Volunteer at the Volunteer Center L&L Group Home at 1215 Moody Street
Worship Service at Trinity AME Zion Church: annual worship service entitled, "Keep the Movement Moving." The service is from 6pm-8pm at the church at 631 East Florida Street in Greensboro.
MLK Day Annual Food Drive: To assist the United Way, canned items may be dropped off at the United Way of Greater High Point at 201 Church Avenue. The drive will be held by Williams Memorial Church in High Point. The church will be holding a Community Breakfast at 8am and an Evening Celebration at 6pm. (tickets for the breakfast at $15; call 336-454-0384).
Celebration Service: Interfaith celebration at Saint James Presbyterian at noon at 820 Ross Avenue in Greensboro.
MLK Memorial Breakfast: The annual memorial breakfast will be held at the Sheraton Hotel at Four Seasons/Koury Convention Center, at 7:30am.
MLK Educational Program: "Social Justice Through the Ages" is the name of the program being held by Guilford College. The event will be from 12:30pm-4pm at the Joseph M. Bryan, Jr. Auditorium on the college campus.
*Lend a Hand, Live the Dream: Greensboro was selected as only one of two leadership sites in the nation for MLK, Jr. Day of Service, along with Philadelphia. The Volunteer Center of Greensboro is hosting a volunteer fair at Four Seasons Town Centre Monday. Come out and talk with 30 non-profits to learn how you can get involved today and every other day of the year. They will also have activites to participate in at the mall like making care packages for military members, making blankets for the homeless, and activities for kids. The fair is at Four Seasons Town Centre from 10am-4pm.
Panel Discussion: International Civil Rights Center & Museum will host a panel discussion for MLK, Jr. Day. The discussion is titled, "Dr. King's Vision in the 21st Century: A Conversation with Religious Leaders." The event will be at 6pm at the museum, located at 134 South Elm Street in Greensboro.
High Point University MLK Service: Special guest speaker Dr. Tyrone Gordon and musical guests Dr. Louise Toppin and the Genesis Gospel Choir will be performing at the service. The event is open to the public, and starts at 11am at Hayworth Chapel on the HPU campus.
Students Serve the Community: Guilford County Schools students gather at Four Seasons Town Center to assist the Volunteer Center of Greensboro on this National Day of Service. Services provided include packing military care packages, reading to children and making blankets and scarves.
Free Haircuts for Claremont Homes residents: Both barbers and police officers will offer residents free haircuts and conversation about Dr. King. The location is at the neighborhood's Community Center at 2706A Patio Place in Greensboro, from 11am-3pm.
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