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Award-Winning Storytellers, Diversity Summit and Poetry Fest Highlight Cary’s MLK Dreamfest

Three-day celebration includes community panels and Day of Service

Post Date:01/11/2017 10:05 AM

CARY, NC - Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Town of Cary’s Dreamfest, a weekend full of events reflecting on his life, work and vision, January 14-16. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Healing Race Relations through Conversation and Participation.” All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. 

January 14

  • Attend Tellebration at the Page Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, at 9 a.m. where two exceptional African-American storytellers, Willa Brigham and Donna Washington, join talented author Johnny Ray Moore to engage children through storytelling around the themes of Conversation and Participation to learn more about Dr. King and his teachings.
  • Participate in the Diversity Summit at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. where panels with award-winning author and journalist Herb Boyd, speaker and activist Terrie Williams and Judge Pat Evans will join other community leaders to discuss Healing Race Relations through Conversation and Participation. Another panel will feature local faith leaders and another will focus on Youth and the Millennial Generation.
  • Join Poetry Fest at the Cary Theater at 7 p.m.; the evening reflects the tradition of the civil rights movement and Dr. King's call to writers to bear witness to social injustice and area poets are invited to join in Participation through Poetry. Musician Dr. James Longmire entertains and local poet and cultural historian Darrell Stover moderates. 

January 15

  • Head to The Cary Theater for Maya Angelou - And Still I Rise at 2 p.m.; tickets are $5. This first film to be made about the remarkable writer, poet, actress and activist - the late Maya Angelou - includes archival photos and video of her, and interviews with notables such as President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Cicely Tyson and Quincy Jones.

January 16

  • Volunteer for the Day of Service at the Middle Creek Community Center, 123 Middle Creek Park Ave., at 10 a.m. and at 2 p.m. Participants should be prepared to get dirty maintaining and beautifying the area around the Community Center. Registration is required; (919) 469-4301 or to do so. All ages welcome; volunteers 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

“For over 20 years, Cary has celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy with Dreamfest.  This annual weekend is an opportunity to highlight and reflect on the values he taught through his example,” said Doug McRainey, director of the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources department.

For more, call (919) 469-4963. And for more fun in Cary, follow the Town on Twitter @TOC_Fun and check out our Meetings and Events Calendar.  


Doug McRainey, Director - Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources, (919) 460-4066
Robbie Stone, Arts Program and Operations Coordinator, (919) 460-4969
Marie Maguire, Public Information Specialist, (919) 380-4227
Deanna Boone, Deputy Public Information Officer, (919) 380-4240


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