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MLK Dreamfest Celebration

January 14-16, 2017

For more than 20 years the Town of Cary has celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Dreamfest. This annual weekend of events provides an opportunity to both highlight and to reflect on the values he taught us through his example, including the values of courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service.

The goal of the 2017 Dreamfest will be to display the most powerful tools that he used in the civil rights movement, including universal, unconditional love, forgiveness and nonviolence. The theme of this year’s Dreamfest is “Healing Race Relations through Conversation and Participation”.

DREAMFEST: Tellebration

 Page-Walker Arts & History Center
Saturday, January 14 | 9 a.m. | Free

Tellebration brings together two exceptional African-American storytellers, Willa Brigham and Donna Washington, and talented author Johnny Ray Moore for a morning designed to engage children through the art of storytelling demonstrating the themes of Conversation and Participation to learn more about Dr. King and his teachings.

DREAMFEST: Diversity Summit

Cary Arts Center
Saturday, January 14 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.| Free

A series of panel discussions coordinated by Jireh Management on the Dreamfest theme: Healing Race Relations through Conversation and Participation.

DREAMFEST: Poetry Fest

The Cary Theater
Saturday, January 14 | 7 p.m. | Free

In the tradition of the civil rights movement and Dr. King's call to writers to bear witness to social injustice, the Poetry Fest at The Cary invites area poets to join in Participation through Poetry.  The event will be moderated by poet and cultural historian Darrell Stover. 

DREAMFEST: Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

The Cary Theater
Sunday, January 15 | 2 p.m. | $5

And Still I Rise is the first feature documentary created about the remarkable writer, poet, actress, activist Maya Angelou – an outstanding example of the use of Conversation and Participation.

DREAMFEST: Day of Service 2017 – Demonstration Participation

Middle Creek Community Center
Monday, January 16 | 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. |Free

The MLK, Jr. Day of Service is a great way to give back to your community Through Participation. Volunteers will spend contribute their time doing a variety of hands-on tasks to help maintain and beautify the area around Middle Creek Community Center. Please be prepared to get dirty! Coordinated by the Town of Cary Spruce program. Registration is required. Call (919) 469-4301 or email for quick and easy registration. All ages are welcome to participate. Volunteers 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Lyman Collins

Cultural Arts Manager