Events in Charlotte to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.



The city of Charlotte has canceled the annual MLK parade due to Covid-19, but other events are scheduled to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. 

Here are some we know about. If you know of other, email editor@qcitymetro.com.

Saturday 

  • Eight teams from across North and South Carolina will compete in MLK PEACE Basketball Showcase, an invitational competition hosted by Back to the Basics Academy.

Monday (Jan.17)

  • Join the McCrorey YMCA for a virtual celebration featuring prayer, speakers, and performance.
  • CMS Arts & Writing Contest: a multimedia display of the arts, featuring Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students in spoken word, music, dance performances and other works of art. 
  • Growing the Dream Award ceremony: a luncheon to recognize Mecklenburg’s unsung heroes and community members who work to foster unity and promote diversity and multiculturalism. The event is free to attend and space is limited.
  • MLK Day 2020: Community Dreams: a full day of programs at the Harvey B. Gantt Center, including art workshops, lectures and panels, film discussions, performances, and more.

Other events this week

Monday

Charlotte City Council: You can watch a livestream on the city’s YouTube channel starting at 5 p.m. CMPD Chief Johnny Jennings will give the department’s year-end report.

Tuesday 

Sarah Stevenson Tuesday Forum (formerly Tuesday Morning Breakfast Forum): This virtual event will host Rachelle Latimer, CEO of Elite 360 Transportation, an Amazon delivery service partner.

Open Air: Join Dexter Wimberly at the Gantt Center as he interviews mixed-media artist Antoine Williams and curator David Wilson about their influence and work behind the Visual Vanguard Exhibition.

Thursday 

Acoustic Grace: a monthly showcase for singer-songwriters and Cappella artists at Uptown’s historic Brooklyn Grace (formerly Grace A.M.E. Zion Church). 





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