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ABC11 Recognizes Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with Area Appearances

Eyewitness News Staff Honor Civil Rights Leader in Durham, Raleigh

Raleigh, NC, January 15, 2011 --( ABC11 Eyewitness News ( has announced four appearances by anchors to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which recognizes the birthday of the civil rights leader and activist on Monday, Jan. 17.

Fred Shropshire will join the “Remembering the Journey” panel at the MLK MAN UP Conference at 11:45 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 15 at North Carolina Central University. The MLK MAN UP Conference is designed to bring together the males of NCCU and the Triangle community to share and learn from experiences and build skills that enhance personal development.

Anthony Wilson and Caitlin Coyner both will appear in Durham’s 9th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Parade, presented by the Triangle Cultural Awareness Foundation. The parade begins Saturday, Jan. 15 at noon on Fayetteville Street, from W.G. Pearson Elementary School to North Carolina Central University. The event is free and open to the public.

Wilson also will narrate the Durham Symphony’s Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. Saturday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Durham Armory, located at 220 Foster St. Tickets are $15 and available at or by calling 491-6576.

John Clark will serve as emcee at the 31st Martin Luther King, Jr. Evening Musical Celebration Monday, Jan. 17 at 5:30 p.m. at Meymandi Hall at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, located at 2 East South St. in Raleigh. The event, sponsored by the Raleigh/Wake Martin Luther King Celebration Committee, is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

It’s important to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for his leadership and his work for civil rights,” said John Idler, president and general manager. “We are excited to take part in our community’s many celebrations of his life and legacy.”

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