Southern Wake Honors the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Honor Dr. King’s legacy locally with this lineup of events in Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, and Apex.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Monday, Jan. 16, 9-11 a.m., Holly Springs

Don’t miss Holly Springs’ annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service at Bass Lake Park. In coordination with North Carolina’s Year of the Trail celebration, volunteers will be mulching and cleaning the trail at Bass Lake Park. This project is intended for volunteers ages 16+. Volunteers ages 10-15 are able to assist with a parent/guardian in attendance. Dress for the outdoor weather and in clothes suitable for getting dirty. Pre-registration is required to ensure adequate supplies are available, and a waiver is required to participate. Register online.

As a second service project, children and families can create Valentine’s Day cards for seniors in the conference room at Bass Lake Park. The cards will be distributed with the assistance of the Holly Springs Police Department. Card making is walk-in only, so no registration or waiver are needed.

MLK March and Celebration

Monday, Jan. 16, 10 a.m., Fuquay-Varina

The Cultural Arts Society of Fuquay-Varina will be hosting a MLK March and Celebration in conjunction with the faith community. Participants will assemble by 9:30 a.m. at St. Augusta Missionary Baptist Church, and the March will begin promptly at 10 a.m., ending at Falcon Park Shelter for the MLK Celebration — featuring local spoken word artists, vocalists, and community partners.

MLK Weekend Celebration

Jan. 14-15, Apex/Holly Springs

The Holly Springs MLK Jr. Community Committee is honoring the life and teachings of Dr. King with a Saturday breakfast at St. Mary’s FWB Church in Apex featuring keynote speaker Justice Anita Earls.

On Sunday, Jan. 15, there will be a March starting at the Holly Springs Food Lion (gathering at 2:30 p.m.) which will end at the Holly Springs Cultural Arts Center. Following the March there will be a program beginning at 4 p.m. featuring keynote speaker Rev. Dr. Dumas Harshaw.

Commemoration Weekend

Jan. 13-16, Apex

On Friday, Jan. 13 at 6:30 p.m., visit the Support Black Authors & Black Artist Exhibit at the Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. The event will also include a Student Oratorical Contest.

On Saturday, Jan. 14, the Town of Apex will hold its MLK Unity March, Prayer Rally & Youth Summit. Participants will gather at Apex First Baptist Church starting at 8 a.m., and the March will begin at 9 a.m. and end at Apex Town Hall with a brief outdoor program. A Youth Summit will immediately follow at the Apex Senior Center.

Social Justice Sunday will take place at Apex First Baptist Church on Sunday, January 15, at 11 a.m. There will be a National Day of Service scheduled for Monday, Jan 16, with activities available for all ages and abilities.

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