10 ways to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Charlotte

10 ways to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Charlotte
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Carolinas HealthCare System Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Parade

Expect 100+ community organizations, marching bands and step and drill teams. Highlights will include floats with the student winners of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools MLK Art and Writing Contests and local performance groups.

Details: Saturday, January 14 / Down Tryon Street, from 9th to Stonewall Street /  10 a.m.-12 p.m. / Free

MLK P.E.A.C.E. Basketball Showcase

A Martin Luther King Day high school basketball showcase featuring West Charlotte, Andrew Jackson, Rock Hill, Northwood Temple Academy Fayetteville, and First Assembly. Bonus: there will be a college fair, too.

Details: Saturday, January 14 / The Grady Cole Center / 12-10 p.m. / $5-$9


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Hands-On Charlotte

MLK Call to Service will feature volunteer opportunities at three local schools, giving hundreds of volunteers the opportunity to come together in a spirit of service and friendship while paying tribute to the legacy of Dr. King.

Details: Saturday, January 14 / East Mecklenburg High School, Piedmont Open IB Middle School and Blythe Elementary School / 12-2 p.m. / Free


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MLK Concert–Bridging Musical Worlds

This jazz and classical concert is a collaboration between ‘A Sign Of The Times’ of the Carolinas, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra String Quartet and the College of Arts + Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. They’ll perform music dedicated to the life and works of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Details: Sunday, January 15 / Friendship Missionary Baptist Church / 5 p.m. / $5

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Service

Commemorate the life and death of Dr. King with a wreath-laying ceremony on his birthday.

Details: Sunday, January 15 / Marshall Park / 2-3 p.m. / Free

Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Celebration

Engage in discussion and reflection with presentations, crafts, and a panel featuring Dr. Tiffany Packer of Johnson C. Smith University, photographer Alvin C. Jacobs, and Dr. Brenda Tindal about their upcoming exhibit K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace, which explores the history of policing, protest and community response.

Enjoy access to exhibits, crafts and performances by groups like the McCrorey YMCA Senior African Drummers, Charlotte Children’s Choir of the Community School of the Arts, and Davidic Praise Dance of St. Paul Baptist Church.

Details: Sunday & Monday, January 15-16 / Levine Museum of the New South / 12-4 p.m. & 10 a.m.-4 p.m. / Free

Levine Museum

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Food Lion® Presents: MLK Day Celebration 

Bring the family and celebrate MLK Day at the Gantt Center. They’ll open at 9 a.m. and commemorate the day with panel discussions, art-making workshops, guided tours, scavenger hunts and film screenings.

Details: Monday, January 16 / The Harvey B. Gantt Center / 9 a.m.-5 p.m. / Free

The 23rd Annual McCrorey YMCA MLK Holiday Breakfast

Join the YMCA of Greater Charlotte to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The proceeds from this event will be used to provide youth and families in the northwest corridor with programs that will improve academic outcomes.

Details: Monday, January 16 / NASCAR Hall of Fame / 8-11 a.m. / $45

Carolinas HealthCare System Martin Luther King, Jr. National Observance

A multimedia display of the arts, featuring Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students in spoken word, music and dance performances, as well as their paintings, sculptures and other works of art. The program will engage people of all ages in reflecting on the words of Dr. King as a moral opinion leader.

Details: Monday, January 16 / Halton Theater, CPCC / 11 a.m.-2 p.m. / Free

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Past, Present and Future: Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The theme for the 2017 MLK Celebration is Revolutionizing the Dream. The program will feature keynote speaker Congresswoman Alma Adams, recognition of campus partners, and a candle lighting ceremony. There will be a community reception immediately following the program in the Lucas Room.

Details: Tuesday, January 17 / Cone University Center, McKnight Hall / 3:30 p.m. / Free

Cover photo via Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture.

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