Celebrating Martin Luther King Day in Charlotte

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To honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his work during the Civil Rights Movement, there are numerous events happening in Charlotte and the surrounding area. So, where are you going to remember King's legacy? From parades and celebrations to lectures and hands-on interactive service projects, there's plenty to choose from.

Saturday, Jan. 17

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at Crossroads Church The day will feature fellowship, worship and music, along with a lecture on how to follow Dr. King's call to transforming the world around us.
Free admission; $5 suggested donation. Crossroads Church, 220 George W Liles Parkway, Concord. www.wnccumc.org.

City of Charlotte MLK Holiday Parade Each year the parade features marching bands and other special community guests. Kicks off at 9th Street and N. Tryon Street and ends at Martin Luther King Boulevard. The main stage is located at Levine Avenue of the Arts. Free admission. Jan. 17, 11 a.m. http://mlk.charlottevibe.com/parade-details/.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Growing the Dream Ceremony at Johnson C. Smith University A luncheon held to honor community members who work to foster unity and promote diversity and multiculturalism in the Q.C. Free admission. Jan. 17, 12:30 p.m. Johnson C. Smith University, 100 Beatties Ford Road.

Sunday, Jan. 18

Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday Brunch Honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during a culturally and socially enriching afternoon that includes a live band, MLK-inspired performances and a brunch buffet. Free admission; $15 buffet. Jan. 18, 12 p.m. Sydney’s Martini and Wine Bar, 401 N. Tryon St., Suite 104. www.sydneysmartiniandwinebar.com.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Worship Celebration This service is designed to examine and celebrate the global impact of Dr. King as a moral leader. This celebration also recognizes the MLK Keeper of the Dream award winners and features music, poems and speakers. Free admission. Jan. 18, 5 p.m. CPCC's Halton Theater, 1201 Elizabeth Ave.

Bridging Musical Worlds at Excelsior Club A Sign Of The Times of the Carolinas performs pieces dedicated to the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in collaboration with UNC-Charlotte students and the Charlotte Symphony's string quartet. Free admission. Jan. 18, 7 p.m. Excelsior Club, 921 Beatties Ford Road. www.historicexcelsiorclub.com.

Sunday, Jan. 18 and Saturday, Jan. 19

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Celebration For two days, Levine Museum of the New South is honoring Dr. King's life, legacy and the pursuit of civil and human rights through a series of films, performances, children’s activities and exhibits. The program's theme is “Universal Brotherhood” and will feature a variety of leaders in the community. Free admission. Jan. 18, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Jan. 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. 7th St. www.museumofthenewsouth.org.

Monday, Jan. 19

MLK Challenge 2015 The MLK Challenge is an annual service event held on Martin Luther King Day. Participating students are randomly assigned to groups and given a service project at a local organization for the day. Held at multiple locations. Free admission. Jan. 19. CPCC's Overcash building, 1201 Elizabeth Ave.; Free admission. Winthrop University, 701 Oakland Ave.

MLK Day 2015 at Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with films, hands-on workshops and performances throughout the day. Free admission. Jan. 19, 9 a.m. Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, 551 South Tryon St. www.ganttcenter.org.

MLK Holiday Prayer Breakfast This celebration recognizes the national holiday with music, student essays, poems and annual MLK Medallion award winners. Former NAACP President Ben Jealous is the keynote speaker. $45. Jan. 19, 8 a.m. NASCAR Hall of Fame, 400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. For more information, visit www.ymcacharlotte.org/mlk.

MLK Day Breakfast: Remember! Celebrate! Act! Breakfast will be served and followed by a discussion on community engagement and outreach. Featuring special guest, former chairwoman of the Coretta Scott King Book Award jury, Mrs. Dorothy "Dot" Guthrie. Ferguson Branch Library, 913 N. Pryor St., Gastonia. Free admission. Jan. 19, 8:30 a.m.

Listen, Reflect, Commemorate: King Day at Davidson College The schedule includes activities for children, performances, talks and seminars focused on social justice. The keynote speakers will be Rev. Charles White Jr., national field director for Al Sharpton's National Action Network, and professor/journalist Marc Lamont Hill. Free admission. Jan. 19, 9 a.m. Davidson College's Alvarez College Union, 207 Faculty Drive. www.davidson.edu.

MLK Teen Summit: We Are the Dream Teens and youth are encouraged to engage in a discussion about social justice, higher education, entrepreneurship and civic engagement. Free admission. Jan. 19, 11 a.m. McCrorey Family YMCA, 3801 Beatties Ford Road. www.ymcacharlotte.org/mlk.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

2015 MLK Celebration at UNC Charlotte The UNC Charlotte community will gather to celebrate the life, work, and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The program will feature Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League as keynote speaker. Free admission. Jan. 20, 3:30 p.m. UNC Charlotte's McKnight Hall, 9201 University City Blvd.

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