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January 18-20, 2019

Each year, we recognize and celebrate the life, work, and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Join us for the following programs, which are free (unless otherwise noted) and open to the public.

Building the Dream: Affordable Housing in Wake County Symposium

Friday, January 18 | 9 a.m. | Cary Arts Center| Free

Join us as we bring together government leaders, builders, and policymakers to address the issue of affordable housing in Wake County and the Triangle area.

Opening Remarks

Congressman David Price, 4th District 

Panel One: Scope of the Problem, Obstacles, Possible Solutions

Karen Morant, Western Wake Region Director, Wake Co. Govt: Moderator

Jessica Holmes, Wake County Commissioner, Chair

Sig Hutchinson, Wake County Commissioner

David Ellis, Wake County Manager

Lori Bush, Cary Town Council

Alicia Arnold, Wake Co. Housing Division

Panel Two: Implementing Creative Solutions

Karen Morant: Moderator

Cassie Schumacher-Georgopoulous, Town of Cary Assistant Development Director

Greg Warren, President DHIC

Erica Brandt, Habitat for Humanity of Wake County

Rev. Tyner, White Oak MBC

Wrap Up: What We Learned & Steps Forward

Remembering Leaders of the Dream

Saturday, January 19 | 10 a.m. | Cary Arts Center | Free
Hear award-winning storyteller and author Willa Brigham as she shares stories about some of the key leaders of the Civil Rights movement. This family-friendly program will introduce young people to sheroes and heroes who through their efforts and sacrifices made a difference; then take a photo with a life-size portrait of them and enjoy hands-on crafts. Ideal for ages 4 to 10.


"Wilmington on Fire"

Saturday, January 19 | 2 p.m. | Cary Arts Center | Free
This film documents the Wilmington Massacre of 1898; a bloody attack on the African-American community by a heavily armed white mob in the port city of Wilmington, North Carolina. It is considered one of the only successful examples of a violent overthrow of an existing government and left countless numbers of African-Americans dead and exiled from the city. Director Christopher Everett will lead an audience discussion after the screening. 


Celebrating the Dream

Saturday, January 19 | 8 p.m. | Cary Arts Center | Free
We come together to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King as we carry his work forward. An evening of song and music featuring the Pleasant Grove Church Sanctuary Choir, harpist Winifred Garrett, and the North Carolina Central University Vocal Jazz Ensemble. 


The Cary Theater presents Al: My Brother

Sunday, January 20 | 2 p.m. | The Cary Theater | Free
AL: MY BROTHER is a documentary about the life of white civil rights activist and attorney Alan McSurely and his more than 50-year battle against racism. “Al: My Brother” is an inspiring and instructive film for young and old, black and white, to come together, and demand a government that serves the needs, and the rights, of all Americans. Cash Michaels, the producer-writer-director of “Al: My Brother,” will lead an audience discussion following the screening. 



Monday, January 21| Good Hope Farm, 1580 Morrisville Carpenter Road
Shift A | 10 a.m.-noon
Shift B | 2–4 p.m.
Give back to your community! Help prepare the soil at our newly opened urban agriculture and historic site, Good Hope Farm. With a goal of connecting needy families to healthy foods, bring one nonperishable food item each to be donated to a local food pantry. Be prepared to get dirty! Coordinated by the Town of Cary Spruce program. Volunteers age 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is now closed.


Robbie Stone, Arts Program and Operations Coordinator