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January 13-15, 2018

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.

THE DREAM REVISITED: Civil Rights in Perspective
Thursday, January 11 | 7 p.m. | The Cary Theater | Free
 A film by Charles and Mary Love which asks viewers to look back at where we’ve come from and forward to where we might be going. This 34-minute documentary demonstrates the energy and courage of those who paved the way in the civil rights movement. Inspired by the vision of Martin Luther King Jr., the filmmakers, after establishing a historical context with archival footage and imagery, interview some of today’s opinion leaders, community organizers and other citizens to investigate how much progress has been made while using Martin Luther King’s vision as a moral reference. Their objective is to inspire reflection as well as constructive discussion and involvement in contemporary civil rights issues. 

SONGS OF THE DREAM: Kids Sing & Learn
Saturday, January 13 | 10 a.m. | Cary Arts Center | Free
Learn the songs that animated the struggle for equality in this family-friendly singalong. And enjoy hands–on arts & craft activities that illustrate this moment in history. Kids may be invited to showcase the songs at the evening cultural performance.

COMMUNITY & THE DREAM: Racial Taboo, a film by Brian Grimm
Saturday, January 13 | 1 p.m. | Cary Arts Center | Free
Racial Taboo is a documentary that looks at our history using candid interviews and comedy. It serves as a catalyst for open, respectful, ongoing conversations among people of different races. Following the film, enjoy snacks, participate in group discussions, and debrief with film producer Brian Grimm. Hosted by Racial Harmony, a local group forming friendships to learn and grow together.

MUSIC & THE DREAM: We Shall Overcome
Saturday, January 13 | 7:30 p.m. | Cary Arts Center | Free
Join us for the exciting world premier of Jazz Composer Harold Mims' We Shall Overcome, created especially for the 2018 MLK, Jr. DREAMFEST.  The Triangle Jazz Band, led by jazz drummer Kobie Watkins, will perform this special composition, along with featured saxophone soloist Dr. Ron Carter.  Also enjoy songs led by Songs of the Dream participants and other youth voices.

JUSTICE & THE DREAM: 13th, a film by Ava DuVernay
Sunday, January 14 | 3 p.m. | The Cary Theater | Free
This award-winning film provides an in-depth look at the prison system in the U.S. and its relationship to the nation's history of racial inequality. Following the film, enjoy a discussion with featured guest NC State faculty member Dr. Thomas Easley, a recognized authority on mass incarceration.

Monday, January 15 | Good Hope Farm, 1580 Morrisville Carpenter Road
Shift A | 10 a.m.-noon
Shift B | 2–4 p.m.
Take time to give back to your community by helping prepare the soil of our new 20-acre urban agriculture and historic site. 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.  

Lyman Collins, Cultural Arts Manager