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February 3, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Durham, NC 27701
event graphic shows image of Martin Luther King and portrait of keynote speaker
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City-County Martin Luther King Employee Observance Program

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Join us in honoring the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the 16th Annual Durham City-County MLK Employee Observance Program.

Honoring the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is the purpose of the Annual Durham City-County MLK Employee Observance Program. This year marks the 16th year of the celebration jointly hosted by Durham’s local governments.

The virtual event is scheduled for Wednesday, February 3, 2021. The program will begin at noon and air live on the following channels:

Intersectional scholar Dr. Kaaren Haldeman will deliver the keynote speech for the program. Haldeman has a PhD in anthropology and a background in public health. Her areas of advocacy for equity span from gun violence prevention and LGBTQ+ rights to voting and immigration rights mobilization. She most recently served as the vice-chair of the City of Durham Racial Equity Task Force. This year’s event will also feature musical performances.

The program in 2005 was originally designed as a way for Durham’s local government employees to pay tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy of service. Since 2005, program attendance has expanded to include residents of Durham and neighboring communities. Individuals, businesses, and organizations are invited to watch this year’s virtual commemoration and join City and County employees in uplifting justice, diversity, and equal rights for all.

For more information about this year’s program, contact the Durham County Manager’s Office by email at