2017 Martin Luther King Jr Day Events In Charlotte

Start Date: January 14, 2017
End Date: January 17, 2017
Time: 8:00 am to 10:00 pm

Location: Charlotte, NC

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2017 Martin Luther King Jr Day – Events and celebrations honoring the life and legacy of MLK. Taking place in and around Charlotte, NC. Official observance on Monday, January 16, 2017. Events planned throughout the week.

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Parade

Charlotte’s annual celebration begins at 9th St. and marches down Tryon Street, concluding at Stonewall Street. Spectators will revel at marching bands, step and drill teams, floats and winners of the CMS MLK Art and writing contests. Uptown, 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Jan. 14.

Martin Luther King, Jr. P.E.A.C.E Basketball Showcase

Eight high school teams from across the Carolinas are competing in this inaugural event in support of P.E.A.C.E. – Please Educate All Children Equally. Grady Cole Center, 310 N. Kings Dr., noon-10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14. Tickets are $4.50-$9.

Carolinas HealthCare System Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Call to Service

Organized by Hands On Charlotte, multiple service projects are undertaken by hundreds of volunteers. Schools, shelters, area nonprofits and others in need will benefit. Multiple locations. Noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14. Find more information here.

Carolinas HealthCare System Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Growing the Dream Luncheon

This luncheon is held to honor community members working to foster unity and promote diversity and multiculturalism in Charlotte. Johnson C. Smith University, 100 Beatties Ford Rd., 12:30 p.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14.

2017 MLK Gospel Showcase with Kierra “Kiki” Sheard

Find inspiration in the joyous music of singer, songwriter, actress and activist Kierra Sheard, a top Gospel artist. R&B/hip-hop and gospel beats mixed with Coldplay and other pop/rock sounds all with a positive message. CPCC, Halton Theater, 1206 Elizabeth Ave. 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14. Tickets $15-40. More information is here.

Martin Luther King, Jr. March of Commitment

Join neighbors and community leaders on a march from First Ward Elementary School to Marshall Park. Sing songs, chant and reflect on ideas to make Charlotte a more just community. First Ward Elementary School, 715 Caldwell St. 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15.

Carolinas HealthCare System Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Service

Commemorate the life and death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a service and wreath laying on his actual birthday. Marshall Park, 800 E. Third St. from 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15.

Visit Levine Museum of the New South

Enjoy free admission Sunday, Jan. 15, and Monday, Jan. 16. Special programming includes discussion and reflection with films, talk-backs and a panel related to their newest exhibit K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace, exploring the complicated history of policing, protest and community response. Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. 7th St. Get hours and more information here.

Living the Legacy: MLK at the Gantt Center

Get free admission all day at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture. Bring the family and celebrate MLK Day with panel discussions, art-making workshops, guided tours, scavenger hunts and film screenings. Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture, 551 S. Tryon. Monday, Jan. 16. Hours and more information can be found here.

Fifth Annual Teen Summit – Hosted by the McCrorey YMCA

Teens honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. by exploring relevant community issues in an interactive and engaging experience. Enjoy a time of motivational speeches, engaging breakout sessions with community leaders, a college fair, live entertainment, prizes and giveaways. Keynote speech by Diggy Simmons. Lunch provided for the first 200 teens. Adults must be accompanied by a teen. Held at Northlake Mall, via the Northlake Mall – AMC Theatres Entrance at 7325 Northlake Mall Dr. 11 a.m.–2:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16. Get more information here.

The 23rd Annual McCrorey YMCA MLK Holiday

Commemorate and honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at this annual event with proceeds going to provide youth and families in the northwest corridor with programs that will improve academic outcomes. NASCAR Hall of Fame, 400 E. M.L.K. Blvd. 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 16. More information and tickets ($45) here.

Arts, Poetry, Music: Celebrating Charlotte’s Black Culture and the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This collaborative community concert features performances by David Tang’s Firebird Arts Alliance, Quentin “Q” Talley’s OnQ Productions, Slam Charlotte’s BLUZ, the Ocie Davis Quintet and Opera Carolina. Enjoy an evening of electric spoken word, visual art and music at one of Charlotte’s most spectacular houses of worship. Mayor Jennifer Roberts will share inspirational words from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3400 Beatties Ford Road. 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16. More information and RSVP here.

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