It’s the 86th birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., arguably the greatest civil rights leader of the 20th century. If you’re off work, you should get out of the house and attend a worship service or panel discussion. If you have to work, you can probably slip out for a lunch-hour program or catch an event after 5 p.m.
• The Chronicle newspaper sponsors its annual MLK Jr. Day prayer breakfast at the Benton Convention Center, located at 301 W. Fifth St. in Winston-Salem, at 8 a.m.• A scholarship breakfast and oratorical will be held at Oak Hollow Mall in High Point at 8 a.m. Call 336.883.3124 or email [email protected] for more information.
• Allen Jay Recreation Center, located at 1073 E. Springfield Road in High Point, hosts activities for children from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Eighty-six balloons will be released to celebrate King’s 86th birthday at Washington Terrace Park Community Center, located at 101 Gordon St. in High Point, at 10:30 a.m.
• The Martin Luther King Jr. parade in Greensboro begins at the Benbow Professional Center, located at 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, at 11 a.m. Look for the Stop Mass Incarceration Network among other groups joining the parade.
• The Rev. Raphael Gamaliel Warnock speaks at High Point University’s MLK service in Hayworth Chapel at 11 a.m.
• The Ministers Conference of Winston-Salem & Vicinity hosts a town-hall meeting on the topic of improving police-community relations, at Dillard Auditorium in the Anderson Center on the campus of Winston-Salem State University at 11:45 a.m.
• The Rev. Sir Walter Mack delivers the keynote address during a noon-hour commemoration at the Benont Convention Center in Winston-Salem.
• The Rev. Y. Trevor Beauford speaks on King’s life and legacy at St. James Presbyterian Church, located at 820 Ross Ave. in Greensboro, at noon.
• The International Civil Rights Center & Museum, located at 134 S. Elm St. in Greensboro, hosts kids activities beginning at the top of the hour from 1 to 5 p.m.
• The Guilford Anti-Racism Alliance hosts a discussion on King’s dream in this century and whether the vision needs to be adjusted to ensure equality for all at the civil rights museum at 2 p.m.
• Children will celebrate King’s birthday at Morehead Recreation Center, located at 101 Price St. in High Point, at 3 p.m.
• The civil rights museum in Greensboro hosts a discussion on ways the community and law enforcement can partner at 3:30 p.m.
• The civil rights museum holds a closing ceremony candlelight vigil at 6 p.m.
• The Rev. Eboni Marshall Turman, a professor at Duke University Divinity School, will be the guest speaker at an MLK worship service at Williams Memorial CME Church, located at 3400 Triangle Lake Road in High Point, at 6 p.m.
• The Rev. Charles G. Adams speaks on the topic of “Empowerment for the Future: Faith, Family, Education and Economics” at Shiloh Baptist Church, located at 1210 S. Eugene St. in Greensboro, at 6 p.m.
• The National Black MBA Association Piedmont Triad Chapter hosts a panel discussion on “Following Your Dream” at the Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship, located at 1451 S. Elm-Eugene St. in Greensboro, from 6 to 8 p.m.
• The poet Sonia Sanchez talks about the arts and the civil rights movement at Aycock Auditorium on the campus of UNCG in Greensboro. Doors open at 6 p.m.
There’s one event that doesn’t fit neatly into the schedule of King Day commemoration activities.
• Ethnosh brings the international culinary adventure to Mizumi Hibachi & Sushi, located at 309 State St. in Greensboro, from 6 to 8 p.m.