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MLK Dreamfest Celebration


January 15-18, 2016 & February 6, 2016

Each year, we recognize and celebrate the life, work and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. DREAMFEST 2016 is a partnership between the Town of Cary Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department and the Town’s Spruce Program with the support of the MLK, Jr. Task Force of Cary. All events are free and open to the public.

MLK, Jr. DREAMFEST: Women of Action Gathering
Page-Walker Arts & History Center
Friday, January 15 | 7 p.m. 

Join the 6th Annual WFWP/WOA Gathering in fostering positive partnerships and relationships. Keynote speaker Dr. Josephine Brown, a Weight Management Specialist, will share her perspective of New Year/New You to encourage and empower change. The evening will also include inspiring performances.

MLK, Jr. DREAMFEST: International Diversity Summit

Cary Arts Center
Saturday, January 16 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Hosted by Martin Luther King III and Dr. Christine King Ferris, the sister of the late Dr. King, this summit will offer a day of dedication, communication and most of all inspiration. The event will include some of the most sought out leaders in our community, religious organizations and major corporations for panel discussions on cultural awareness and sensitivity; as well as the  importance and need for diversity in the workplace, church, and the community. These emerging leaders from corporate community and church will tackle the often-difficult subjects of diversity, inclusion, and racism. For more on this event, or to register, please call (919) 460-4069.


MLK, Jr. DREAMFEST: An Arts Tribute to Martin
The Cary Theater
Saturday, January 16 | 7 p.m.

In celebration of Dr. King’s birthday, we are honored to present a performance by Gail Jackson, accomplished soprano, and a special performance by The Gifted Arts, Inc. a non-profit organization that aims to bridge the opportunity gap and build confidence in youth by creative expression within the Performing Arts. This program will be followed by a free showing of Disney's "Selma, Lord, Selma” at the Cary Theater at 9 p.m.

The Cary Theater
Sunday, January 17 | 2 p.m.

Selma is a passionate movie, commanding and compelling, all about Martin Luther King, Jr. and his civil rights march in 1965 from Selma, Alabama, to the state capital Montgomery. This special showing will conclude with a Q&A session.

MLK, Jr. DREAMFEST: Dream of Democracy March 2016
Downtown Raleigh
Monday, January 18 | 10 a.m. 

Cary residents are invited to join other Triangle residents at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative March in downtown Raleigh.

MLK, Jr. DREAMFEST: Day of Service 2016
Middle Creek Community Center
Monday, January 18 | 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. 

The MLK, Jr. Day of Service is a great way to give back to your community. Volunteers will spend the afternoon 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.


African-American History Comes Alive: "The Freedmen's Bureau Project"
Page-Walker Arts & History Center
Saturday, February 6 | 2-4 p.m.

John Farnsworth, LDS Public Affairs Director over the Triangle, Fayetteville and Wilmington Stake Areas, will share information regarding the Family Search organization working with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society and the California African American Museum to help index four million freed slave records into a searchable online format available for genealogists and family members. Members of the community are invited to participate in the Freedmen's Bureau Project.


Kris Carmichael
Page-Walker Arts & History Center
(919) 460-4963