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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebrations in Charlotte

Where to Honor MLK Day in Charlotte

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be Monday, January 21, 2013. There are plenty of ways to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King around Charlotte this year.

Know of a celebration that needs to be included on this list? Let me know at charlotte@aboutguide.com and I'll get it included. Events are still being added to this list, so check back often to find out more.

Charlotte Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade
Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013
11 a.m.
The parade starts at 11th and N. Tryon and ends at Stonewall and S. Tryon. The main stage is located at Levine Ave of the Arts. Each year, the city of Charlotte MLK Holiday parade features marching bands, Greek, community, civic organizations, local community leaders and much, much more.

MLK Memorial and Wreath Laying Celebration
Event to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ceremony will feature several community leaders.

Mitchell Community College Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Observance Celebration
Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013
12:15 p.m.
The program will feature guest speaker Rev. Walter Wagener, a retired Methodist minister. In 1965, while serving as a campus minister at the University of Wisconsin, Wagener marched with Dr. King in Chicago to help end segregation in the schools. In addition, there will be a presentation of the annual Viola Kimbrough-Parker Diversity Awards plus a reading by the winner of the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Essay/Poetry contest.

Hands On Charlotte's MLK Call to Service
Saturday, Jan. 19
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Each year, Hands On Charlotte honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by organizing special volunteer service projects 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 thousands of citizens to reflect on the meaning of Dr. King’s life of service for today’s America.

MLK Jr. Prayer Breakfast
Jan. 21, 2013
8 a.m.
YMCA Crown Ballroom, 400 East MLK Blvd.
Each year this event celebrates and reflects upon Dr. King’s commanding tenets of the American Dream – Freedom, Democracy and Opportunity for All. The breakfast provides guests a tangible opportunity to support Dr. King’s dream for equality as the proceeds from the event are channeled directly into the McCrorey service area to help fulfill YMCA program and membership needs for all, regardless of economic status.

Legacy Concert With Special Guest Vanessa Bell Armstrong
Jan. 20, 2013
This moving tribute of music, narration and dance reflects on Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement of America that sparked a nationwide spirit of reflection and change. The concert features the Legendary Gospel Singer, Broadway Actress and Stellar Award Winning Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Charlotte's Christian School of Dance, the Legacy Concert Choir conducted by Avis Graves, Marcus Graham and Nathaniel Gumbs and many more.

Levine Museum of the New South
Sunday, Jan. 20
Join the Levine Museum of the New South fortheir annual free community celebration in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., and be among the first to see the new exhibit, Fighting for Democracy.

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