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Come To These MLK Events 2015 In Charlotte, NC!

12/16/2014 at 1:58 | Posted by Willy J. // Staff Writer

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday weekend is quickly approaching!

We’ve gathered a listing of Charlotte MLK events happening around town! Email us if you want your MLK event listed!

The City of Charlotte MLK Planning Committee will honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through a series of special events in which those who are committed to promoting diverse cultures and service to one another in our community will be recognized.

Thursday, January 8, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Martin Luther King, Jr. CMS Art and Writing Contest Awards Ceremony

West Charlotte High School, 2219 Senior Drive, Charlotte, N.C. 28216

Students recognize Dr. King’s vision of equality through written and visual expressions, as well as performances. Contest winners will be recognized. All first place winners receive an honorarium and have an opportunity to share their work throughout the community starting January 21st.

Thursday, January 15, 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Service

Marshall Park, 800 E. Third Street, Charlotte, N.C. 28202

This event, which occurs on the actual birth date of MLK, Jr., is held to commemorate the life and death of Dr. King. The brief service includes a wreath-laying ceremony and speakers who follow Dr. King’s legacy by fostering a spirit of inclusiveness in their daily interactions.

Saturday, January 17, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

MLK Call to Service

Multiple Locations (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools)


Hands On Charlotte promotes Dr. King’s belief of service to one another by organizing multiple service projects for hundreds of volunteers on and around the holiday that bears his name. These projects not only deliver valuable assistance to nonprofit organizations, schools and other service providers around the area, but also allow participants to kick off the New Year by reflecting on the meaning of Dr. King’s life of service for today’s America. Family- friendly service activities include sorting donated winter coats, assembling pencil pouches and designing bookmarks for classrooms and decorating adoption bandanas for shelter dogs. Donations will also be collected to benefit partner agencies. Items accepted may include coats, school supplies, non- perishable food items, books, housewares, etc.

Saturday, January 17, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Parade

Uptown Charlotte


The parade, which starts at 9th and Tryon and ends at the MLK Blvd, features over 80 local and regional organizations. Approximately 4,000 individuals participate in the parade. Participants include high school marching bands, steppers, Greek letter fraternities and sororities, social and community service organizations as well as city and county elected officials, and religious and community leaders.

Saturday, January 17, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Growing the Dream Award Ceremony

Johnson C. Smith University, 100 Beatties Ford Rd., Charlotte, N.C. 28216

A luncheon held to honor community members who work to foster unity and promote diversity and multiculturalism in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. The event is free to attend and space is limited.


Sunday, January 18, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Worship Celebration

Halton Theatre, CPCC, 1206 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte, N.C. 28204

This service is designed to examine and celebrate the global impact of Dr. King as a moral leader. An often overlooked aspect of Dr. King’s life is his moral, philosophical and theological underpinnings. The service will be ecumenical, interfaith and interracial, sounding themes of justice, reconciliation and humanity in a polarized age. This celebration also recognizes the MLK Keeper of the Dream award winners and features music, poems and speakers.


Monday, January 19, 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

MLK Holiday Prayer Breakfast

Crown Ballroom, Charlotte Convention Center


This celebration recognizes the national holiday with music, student essays, poems and recognition of the annual MLK Medallion Award winners. Approximately 11,000 people attend this event. CMS students in the annual CMS MLK, Jr. Art and Writing Contest are presented with award checks. Former NAACP President & CEO Ben Jealous is the Keynote Speaker.

Monday, January 19, 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

3rd Annual MLK Teen Summit

McCrorey Family YMCA


A discussion led by Ben Jealous around social justice, higher education, entrepreneurship and civic engagement.

For more information visit the Charlotte-Mecklenburg MLK National Holiday Celebration (links to mlk.charlottenc.gov) website.

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