8 ways to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Charlotte

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Commemorate the legacy of inspiring civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. throughout the weekend, with events around Charlotte culminating in the federal holiday in his honor on Monday.

(1) Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade

Head Uptown for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. parade, a Charlotte tradition since 1981. Over 100 local organizations, marching bands, performances, and floats transform Tryon Street into a community celebration.

Where: N. Tryon and 9th streets to Stonewall Street
When: Saturday, Jan. 19 10 a.m.-12 p.m.


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(2) Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Call to Service

Write cards of encouragement for the Love In Action Project or create no-sew baby blankets for Baby Bundles when you join the United Way as they honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Register here.

Where: Blythe Elementary School (12202 Hambright Road), East Mecklenburg High School (6800 Monroe Road), Marie G. Davis K-8 School (3351 W. Griffith Street), Renaissance West STEAM Academy (3241 Renaissance Way)
When: Saturday, Jan. 19 12-2 p.m.

(3) Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. P.E.A.C.E. Basketball Showcase

Show support for eight teams from North and South Carolina as they compete in a basketball competition at Second Ward School. Tickets are $10, and the schedule can be viewed here.

Where: 710 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
When: Saturday, Jan. 19 2-9 p.m.


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(4) MLK Day Celebration

Celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture with films, performances, panel discussions, guided tours, and workshops honoring the life of the celebrated social justice leader. View the full schedule of events and RSVP here.

Where: 551 S. Tryon Street
When: Monday, Jan. 21 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.


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(5) Bridging Musical Worlds 2019: Celebrating Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Highlighting music from the jazz and classical traditions, this annual concert showcases performances dedicated to the life and works of Dr. King. A Sign of the Times of the Carolinas, My Sister’s House, Charlotte Folk Society, and the UNC Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture collaborated to bring this program to Friendship Missionary Baptist Church this year. Tickets are $5, available here.

Enjoy “Dinner on the Yard” afterward, a meal reminiscent of Homecoming at Southern churches. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children (12 and under). RSVP at mjinks@friendshipcdc.org.

Where: 3400 Beatties Ford Road
When: Sunday, Jan. 20 3:30-7 p.m.


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(6) Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Celebration

Head to the Levine Museum of the New South for their annual MLK legacy celebration. A youth volunteer fair, performances, film screenings and arts and crafts will answer Dr. King’s lasting question, “What are you doing to serve others?” The schedule of events is available here.

Where: 200 E. 7th Street
When: Monday, Jan. 21st. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

(7) MLK National Observance and CMS Arts Writing Content Awards

The MLK celebration culminates on Monday, with a service and awards ceremony at Central Piedmont Community College. The Community Relations Committee will recognize community members who illustrate the ideals of racial equality and social justice with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Medallion and Keeper of the Dream awards.

CMS students will honor Dr. King’s push for nonviolent protests through dance, poetry, art, and writing.

Where: 1206 Elizabeth Avenue
When: Monday, Jan. 21 10 a.m.- 12 p.m.


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(8) Art • Poetry • Music: Celebrating Charlotte’s African-American Community

Enjoy music, spoken word, and visual art with readings from Dr. King’s iconic speeches during this collaborative concert presented by Opera Carolina at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. Over 150 choral singers from Firebird Arts Alliance’s Choir, slam poet Bluz, and the Ocie Davis Jazz Quartet will perform at the event to unite the community in celebration.

Where: 3400 Beatties Ford Road
When: Monday, Jan. 21. 7-10 p.m.


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