Celebrate children, service and community on MLK Day
Posted on 01.11.2018, Thursday

Looking for a meaningful way to celebrate MLK Day with your child? Here are two great events happening in Durham on Monday, January 15th!

Inspired by Dr. King’s vision of a world in which every child has the chance to realize his or her full potential, Book Harvest marks MLK Day with the Dream Big Book Drive, an annual community-wide celebration of diversity, literacy, and book ownership for all children. The event takes place on Monday from 1-4 pm at Durham Central Park (501 Foster Street).

There are tons of ways ways to participate: donate your new or gently used children’s books, run a book drive and bring the books you collect, become a sponsor, volunteer, or just come for the fun! Festivities include appearances by emcee Tisha Powell of ABC11, Wool E. Bull, and Read-a-Roo; special performances by Tiny House, Batala Durham, NCCU’s award-winning vocal choral ensemble, and The Bouncing Bulldogs; Scrap Exchange activities, and lots more. Click here for all of the details, and help share the joy of reading with more children in Durham!

Before you head over to the Dream Big Book Drive, be sure to check out MomsRising’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Party that morning! This free family-friendly event will take place from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Center Court at Northgate Mall (1058 West Club Boulevard).

The festivities will feature English/Spanish story times, songs, crafts, activities, performances, and birthday cake as people celebrate Dr. King’s life and legacy in a way that children can understand. This year, the event will celebrate the courage of the children who put themselves on the front lines of the civil rights struggle and remind the kids in our community of their own power to help change the world for the better.

Continuing Dr. King’s commitment to service, participants are asked to donate nonperishable food, gently used children’s winter clothing and coats, or new underwear/ socks for local families in need served by Urban Ministries of Durham. Please click here for all of the event details.

Come celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s vision by helping all children in Durham develop a love of reading, service, and community!