If the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were alive today he would be 75 years old. Not too old to enjoy the cool blues chords of Cool John Ferguson, and probably not too old to learn some new dance steps with the Elikem African Dance Company. These are two events among many that will happen at the N.C. Museum of History's third annual African American Cultural Celebration.
Offerings include music by the Rahman Ensemble and the hip-hop ensemble Sankofa, and dance performances by Soul Steppers (from Pinkston Elementary School in Henderson) and the OPEYO! modern dance company. The wonderfully articulate teacher/motivational speaker Kenneth Womack will perform Dr. King's I Have a Dream speech, and there will be readings from such books as Abram's Way and The Minstrel's Melody. There will even be a workshop with the African American Quilting Circle, open to everyone. Saturday, Jan. 31 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. N.C. Museum of History, 5 E Edenton Street, Raleigh. 715-0200, www.ncmuseumofhistory.com. Admission and parking are free.