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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 where Rev. Ben Boswell will be speaking.
Thursday, January 17 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Bridging the Difference
Halton Theater, CPCC Elizabeth
The Bridging the Difference community engagement series will tackle the topic – ACCESS and OPPORTUNITY. It 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!). There will be a dynamic panel of special guests including Civil Rights Activist Dorothy Counts-Scoggins.
Saturday, January 19 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Atrium Health Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Parade
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.
Saturday, January 19 | 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
United Way MLK Call to Service
Blythe Elementary School | 12202 Hambright Road, Huntersville
East Mecklenburg High School | 6800 Monroe Road, Charlotte
Renaissance West STEAM Academy | 3241 New Renaissance Way, Charlotte
Marie G. Davis Academy | 3351 Griffith Street, Charlotte
Web Address: http://uwcentralcarolinas.org/mlk
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.
Saturday, January 19 | 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Atrium Health Martin Luther King Jr. Growing the Dream Award Ceremony
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.
Saturday, January 19 | 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Martin Luther King Jr. P.E.A.C.E. Basketball Showcase presented by Back to the Basics Academy
Second Ward School
Eight teams from across North and South Carolina will compete in an invitational competition.
2:00 pm: West Charlotte High School girls vs. Rock Hill High School girls
4:00 pm: Harding University High School boys vs. Charlotte Elite boys
6:00 pm: Winston Salem Prep School boys vs. Comenius School boys
7:00 pm: Rocky River High School boys vs. West Mecklenburg High School boys
**There is a charge for admission and tickets are available for purchase at the door.
Monday, January 21 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Atrium Health Martin Luther King Jr. National Observance & CMS Arts Writing Contest Awards
Halton Theatre, CPCC
Myers Park Baptist Church
1900 Queens Road
Charlotte, NC 28207-2582
(704) 372-5150 - fax
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