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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Upcoming Charlotte events celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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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. 18

Amanda McCoy, Miss Black USA 2013, will participate in the Charlotte Martin Luther King Jr. Parade.
  • Amanda McCoy, Miss Black USA 2013, will participate in the Charlotte Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade.

Charlotte Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration & Parade The city of Charlotte honors and celebratse the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The parade will feature floats, marching bands, performers and other special guests. Held along Tryon Street, from 10th Street to Stonewall Street. Free admission. Starts at 11 a.m. For more information, visit www.mlk.charlottevibe.com.

MLK Call to Service Hands On Charlotte's annual service event features three volunteer opportunities. Come together in a spirit of service and paying tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. These volunteer fairs will take place at three local schools and include a range of on-site service projects. Free admission. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information, visit www.handsoncharlotte.org/mlk2014.

Sunday, Jan. 19 and Monday, Jan. 20
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration at Levine Museum of the New South In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Levine Museum of the New South is offering free admission to its quarters, which are pumped full of exhibits that place a heavy emphasis on the history of rights, race and segregation in Charlotte and the South in general. There's also a two-day celebration to remember King and his legacy. It's slated to feature a variety of special performances, film screenings, speakers and more. Free admission. Jan. 19-20. Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. 7th St. 704-333-1887. www.museumofthenewsouth.org.

Monday, Jan. 20
MLK Day 2014 - The Legacy is the Blueprint The event honors Martin Luther King Jr. with speeches and interactive discussions and workshops throughout the day. The galleries will also be open and there will be a film screening of The Fade. Also includes "What Does It Take to Be a Great Mentor?" - a roundtable discussion led by Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte and "Question Bridge: A Facilitated Discussion and Creative Response" with The Possibility Project. Free (suggested $5 donation). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, 551 South Tryon St. 704-547-3700. www.ganttcenter.org.

Hill Harper will speak at the MLK Holiday Prayer Breakfast at Charlotte Convention Center.
  • Hill Harper will speak at the MLK Holiday Prayer Breakfast at Charlotte Convention Center.

20th Annual MLK Holiday Prayer Breakfast The breakfast will include actor and keynote speaker Hill Harper. Proceeds benefit McCrorey Family YMCA and Y Achievers Program. For more information, visit http://ez-tixx.com/mlk/. $45. 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St.

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Winthrop University's MLK Day of Service 2014 The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is a one-day series of service events that honors King's legacy and brings the community together. Held at Winthrop University's DiGiorgio Campus Center (Richardson Ballroom). Volunteer Check-in at 9 a.m.; welcome and speaker at 9:30 a.m.; service projects at 10 a.m.; lunch, celebration and reflection at 1 p.m. For more information, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/winthrop-university-mlk-day-of-service-2014-tickets-8513978539?aff=zvents. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Winthrop University (DiGiorgio Center's Richardson Ballroom), 269 DiGiorgio Center, Rock Hill.

Feed Your Fight Food by Francois provides a free pancake breakfast while you learn about the Poor People's Campaign, Dr. King's radically progressive anti poverty movement. Video installation, art gallery and food and clothing drive for local homeless shelters. 12-2 p.m., Dupp & Swatt, 2424 N Davidson St, Suite 112B, 980-224-2128, http://www.duppandswat.com.

MLK Day 2014 Davidson College invites the public to attend a series of activities, seminars and talks in commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Includes "Civil Rights Cinema," "40 Years Later: Now Can We Talk," "Racial Framing in Disney Films and Social Media," "The Long Civil Rights Movement and the Successful Struggle Against Jim Crow," "Poetic Reflections of Social Justice," and more seminars and lectures. 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Davidson College, 102 N. Main St., Davidson. www.davidson.edu.

Tuesday, Jan. 21
Past, Present and Future: Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrating the work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Includes special guest speaker, journalist and activist Beatrice Thompson. Held in the Cone University Center's McKnight Hall. A reception will follow in the Lucas Room. Free admission. 3:30 p.m. UNC-Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd. 704-687-8622. www.uncc.edu.

Benjamin Jealous to speak at Davidson College
  • Benjamin Jealous to speak at Davidson College

MLK Day 2014, Part II The lecture, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., features NAACP past president Benjamin Jealous. Free admission. 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Davidson College (Duke Family Performance Hall), 207 Faculty Drive, Davidson. www.davidson.edu.

Saturday, Jan. 25
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and Ceremony in Lancaster Lancaster's inaugural MLK Jr. parade honors the life and legacy of King. Grand marshal, Power 98's No Limit Larry aka No Leezy, will lead the parade through historic downtown Lancaster. The parade begins at Springs Street at 11 a.m. Following the parade, join No Limit Larry at City Hall (216 Catawba St.) for a moment of reflection and inspiration. Winners of the "I Have A Dream" short story contest will be announced. Free admission. For more information, call 803-289-1498 or email chasty@lancastercitysc.com.

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