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Annual I Have a Dream Week events announced

BOONE—The annual I Have A Dream Week will be celebrated Jan. 20-27 at Appalachian State University and in the Boone community.

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Activities on Sunday, Jan. 20, include the talk “Dr. King’s Legacy, A Paradoxical Leader” presented by Dr. Melanie Childers, director of pastoral care at Watauga Medical Center. The talk begins at 11 a.m. at Boone Unitarian Universalists at 381 E. King St. For more information, call 828-355-9779.

Also at 11 a.m. Keith McCutchen and the Appalachian State University Gospel Choir will reflect on the influence of the church and Black Gospel music on the civil rights movement during a program at Boone Mennonite Brethren Church. The church is located at 161 Church St. For more information, visit

The MLK Challenge will be held Jan. 21. This day of volunteer service in the community runs from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. with activities beginning and ending at Legends on Appalachian’s campus. The event is sponsored by ACT (Appalachian and the Community Together), University Highlands, the N.C. Carolina Compact and a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service. Register with the ACT office at 828-262-2193.

The 16th annual Musical Unity Service, featuring the Junaluska Gospel Choir of Boone Mennonite Brethren Church, will be held Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. at Mabel Methodist Church on Old Hwy 421. Desserts will follow the service. Call 828-297-3568 for more information.

A multi-cultural dove peace mobile project, an open craft table celebrating King’s dream of racial equality, will be held Jan. 22-26 at Watauga County Library. Call 828-264-8784 for more information.

The 29th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration at Appalachian’s Holmes Convocation will be held Jan. 22. The event, “An Evening with Maya Angelou,” will address the civil rights movement and King’s legacy. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m. Visit for further details and list of sponsors.

On Jan. 26, the Young World Radio Show presents the “I Have a Dream Special,” a one-hour children’s radio tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The program airs at noon on WATA-AM 1450 and WXIT-AM 1200.

A devotional meeting dedicated to prisoners of conscience worldwide will be held from 10 a.m. until noon Jan. 27 in the Stony Fork community. The meeting is sponsored by the Bahá’ís of Watauga, Ashe and Avery counties. For more information and directions, call 828-268-2191.

A celebration of diversity in music and poetry with flutist Akal Dev Sharonne and friends will be held Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. A $10 donation is requested to cover costs. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended by calling 828-264-1384.

Dances of universal peace dedicated to King’s dream for racial equality will be performed Jan. 27 at 5:30 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. A $5 donation is requested. Call 828-264-1384 for more information.