Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend Events

This event is organized by the Town of Apex. What does this mean?

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is observed every year on the third Monday of January. Martin Luther King Jr. was an influential civil rights leader whose work focused on racial equality and ending racial segregation in the United States. His life and achievements are remembered and celebrated on this day.

This year’s commemoration weekend features:

Friday, January 12th  |  6:30 pm

  • Black Authors Exhibit at the Halle Cultural Arts Center (237 N. Salem Street) Learn more here!
  • Apex Student Oratorical Winner Presentation

Saturday, January 13th | MLK Unity March - Prayer Rally - Youth Summit

  • 8:00 am: Gather for March at Apex First Baptist Church (419 S. Salem Street)
  • 9:00 am: March begins at Apex First Baptist Church
  • Around 9:30 am: March ends at Apex Town Hall (73 Hunter Street) with a brief outdoor program
  • Around 10:15 am: Youth Summit immediately following March at the Apex Senior Center. The panel will include local students and Apex Police Chief, Jason Armstrong.

Sunday, January 14th | 11:00 am

  • Social Justice Sunday at Apex First Baptist Church (view online)

Monday, January 15th | National Day of Service | 9:00 am

The National Day of Service is a defining moment each year when people across the country unite in service. During the last 25 years, the MLK Day of Service has inspired people to actively improve communities. 

Sign up is required for the opportunities listed below:

  • Donate supplies now through January 12th to benefit the White Oak Foundation, and the Western Wake Crisis Ministry. Items collected at Apex Town Hall, Halle Cultural Arts Center, JM Brown Community Center, and Apex Baptist Church (view list of needed items)
  • Deliver donated items on Tuesday and / or Wednesday. This could require multiple trips to drop off locations. (Licensed drivers only)
  • Pack bagged lunches at Apex Baptist Church from 10 am - 2 pm. This is open to all ages. 

Know Before You Go:

  • View the downtown parking map for information on available parking.
  • On Saturday, January 13th, Salem Street will be closed from 9 am to 10 am, with the street re-opening on a rolling basis as the march heads to Town Hall. This is a rain or shine event - be prepared for all weather!
  • Town staff may be on site during the event weekend to take photos/videos.

What is the difference between a Community Event and a Town-Organized Event?

Community Events 
This is an event that a non-profit organization runs, pays for, and plans. Town of Apex staff provides an event location (Town Hall Campus, Salem Street, etc.), along with staff from public safety, public works and other departments, as necessary.

Town-Organized Events
This is an event that the Town of Apex creates, pays for, and plans. Town of Apex staff manages the programming, including activities, logistics, and vendors. This is sometimes referred to as a “Town Owned Event”.