TOWN OF CARY’S MLK, Jr. DREAMFEST 2019
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.
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 Gospel 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.
SERVICE & THE DREAM: MLK Day of Service
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 required.
Robbie Stone, Arts Program and Operations Coordinator