Golden anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement

2010 marks a significant milestone in the Civil Rights Movement. It is the 50th anniversary of the Southern sit-in movement, the emergence of the National Civil Rights struggle, and the founding of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), which took place here in Raleigh in April, 1960.

This year also marks 30th year that the Raleigh Martin Luther King Committee has organized and promoted the annual King holiday celebration. The committee has planned several very special events for this golden anniversary celebration, which you, together with your family and friends, will want to attend. All programs  are free and open to the public in cooperation from area businesses, corporations, churches and civic organizations. Here is the schedule of events: 


6:00 PM The 2010 Martin Luther King Wreath Laying Ceremony
Martin Luther King Memorial Gardens


9:00 AM The 2010 MLK Gang & Youth Assistance Town Hall Meeting
Marbles Museum – Venture Hall, IMAX Theater

3:00 PM Obama NC: The Path To History Movie Screening
Hargett Street YWCA, 554 East Hargett Street


8:00 AM The 30th Annual Martin Luther King Triangle Interfaith Prayer Breakfast
Sheraton Imperial Hotel, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

8:30 AM 5th Annual Martin Luther King Community Day Of Service
Various Projects Located Throughout Triangle Area

11:00 AM  30th Annual Martin Luther King Holiday Memorial March
Departs from State Capitol Building, Edenton Street Side

12:00 PM 30th Annual Martin Luther King Noon Ecumenical Observance
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Progress Energy Center For The Performing Arts

5:30 PM 30th Annual Martin Luther King Evening Musical Celebration
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Progress Energy Center For The Performing Arts


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  2. Charles Malone

    December 30, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    These Martin Luther King Jr. events give us a great opportunity to remember his momentous role in achieving civil rights for African Americans in this country. King led a historical movement to get the injust Jim Crow laws off the books, and anit-discrimination laws on the books. Time may dim the memory of the marches, boycotts and bus freedom rides in the South, but their legacy shines still because of the difference they made in the lives of so many people. There is much injustice still to be undone, but life is always a work in progress, not a final solution. Dr. King knew he had open the door for us today to carry on his dream.

    All of these events should be meaningful to remember the sacrifices of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. And Raleigh should be proud that she was a part of that proud history.

  3. Arthur L.Hunt

    December 31, 2009 at 10:13 am

    TCAA, The College of Aspiring Artists salutes this and all efforts to engage youth and young adults in the movement led by King and built by many others who paved the way. We began our tribute in Memphis with the first Entertainment Tribute in 1990. Persons in Arkansas and across the nation can add their voice in our upcoming film documentary and edutaiment tour.

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