Youth from Chapel Hill and Carrboro worked together to create a special event celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with speakers, bands and performers.
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. youth-led special event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The event will take place at Century Hall of The Carrboro Century Center.
The Carrboro Youth Council, along with the Chapel Hill Youth Council and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP Youth Council, were tasked by the town to create and organize the event.
“We need to celebrate diversity and community, which in my opinion is what Martin Luther King Jr. was about,” said Jeremy Poythress, the recreation supervisor for Carrboro Recreation and Parks, where he works with the Carrboro Youth Council. “He was about equity for everyone and unity in community.”
Poythress said the event will host a diverse group of entertainment, such as an a cappella group from East Chapel Hill High School singing an original song.
“I hope we can make people feel a little closer to each other, and I think that is what we're really striving for this year, some human interaction between people,” Poythress said.
Lorie Clark is an adviser to the NAACP Youth Council. The council had a representative serve on the Carrboro Youth Council in planning for the event.
“I believe in letting the youth decide and take the lead,” Clark said.
Clark said her favorite quote from King is, "Everybody can be great because everybody can serve..." and that the celebratory day has always been a day of service for her, not a day off.