With 2019 just around the corner, the city of Charlotte is gearing up for a week full of celebrations as part of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Observed on Monday, January 21, 2019, the holiday will be commemorated by several ceremonies, including a parade, memorial service, basketball showcase and more. Here’s a list of the MLK Day events taking place!
Atrium Health Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Service
Tuesday, January 15, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
This event, which occurs on the actual birth date of Martin Luther King Jr., is held to commemorate the life and death of Dr. King. The brief service includes a wreath-laying ceremony.
Bridging the Difference
Thursday, January 17, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Halton Theater, CPCC Elizabeth (RSVP Required)
The Bridging the Difference community engagement series will tackle the topic — ACCESS and OPPORTUNITY. We will feature a moving slam poetry contest (where you get to vote for the winner!) spearheaded by Slam Master and Coach of the national champions, Slam Charlotte — Boris “Bluz” Rogers! (Cash prizes will be awarded!). We will also highlight a dynamic panel of special guests including Civil Rights Activist Dorothy Counts-Scoggins.
Atrium Health Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Parade
Saturday, January 19, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The parade will march down Tryon Street, beginning at 9th Street and ending at Stonewall Street. More than 100 community organizations, marching bands and step and drill teams will participate. Highlights will include floats with the student winners of the CMS MLK Art and Writing Contests and local performance groups.
United Way MLK Call to Service
Saturday, January 19, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Blythe Elementary School 12202 Hambright Road, Huntersville
East Mecklenburg High School, 6800 Monroe Road, Charlotte
Renaissance West STEAM Academy, 3241 New Renaissance Way, Charlotte
Fourth Location is to be confirmed
United Way honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., by organizing service projects for hundreds of volunteers around the holiday that bears his name. These projects not only deliver valuable assistance to nonprofit organizations, schools and other service providers, but also allow participants to kick off the New Year by reflecting on the meaning of Dr. King’s life of service. Projects include creating math and vocabulary flash cards for schools, making encouragement cards for Love In Action Project, creating no-sew baby blankets for Baby Bundles and making bookmarks, book worm buddies and book worm letters for Promising Pages.
Atrium Health Martin Luther King Jr. Growing the Dream Award Ceremony
Saturday, January 19, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Biddle Hall, Johnson C. Smith University
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.
Martin Luther King Jr. P.E.A.C.E. Basketball Showcase
Saturday, January 19, 2 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Second Ward School
Eight teams from across North and South Carolina compete in an invitational competition.
**There is a charge for admission and tickets are available for purchase at the door.
2 p.m.: West Charlotte High School girls vs. Rock Hill High School girls
4 p.m.: Harding University High School boys vs. Charlotte Elite boys
6 p.m.: Winston Salem Prep School boys vs. Comenius School boys
7 p.m.: Rocky River High School boys vs. West Mecklenburg High School boys
Atrium Health Martin Luther King Jr. National Observance & CMS Arts Writing Contest Awards
Monday, January 21, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Halton Theatre, CPCC
A multimedia display of the arts, featuring Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students in spoken word, music and dance performances, as well as their paintings, sculptures and other works of art. The program will engage people of all ages in reflecting on the words of Dr. King as a moral opinion leader.