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Full week of MLK events in Charlotte
Parade, art and writing contest among highlights
Published Thursday, January 9, 2014 7:03 am
by Herbert L. White

Charlotte’s MLK Planning Committee will honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. through a series of special events over the next two weeks. Many of the citywide events are free and open to the public as part of Charlotte’s growing lineup of MLK events, including one of the biggest King Day parades in North Carolina and a public school awards program for art and writing related to the civil rights leader’s legacy.

Over 90 community organizations, marching bands, and step and drill teams will participate in the Charlotte parade. Highlights will include floats with the student winners of  Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools MLK art and writing contests, “America’s Got Talent” quarter finalist Inspire the Fire, and “The Band” Marching Unit, an award-winning group from Baltimore. 

The events are:

• Memorial and wreath laying ceremony, Jan. 15, 12 p.m., Marshall Park. A brief ceremony will begin the annual celebration of King’s life at the MLK statue.

• Leaving a Legacy – Realizing the Dream art and writing contest winners, Jan. 16, 6-8:30 p.m. West Charlotte High School Auditorium, 2219 Senior Drive.  Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools 20th anniversary celebration of the art and writing contest’s top entries.

• MLK Holiday Parade, Jan. 18, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Starting point is Ninth and Tryon, continuing to Stonewall. A crowd of more than 15,000 is estimated for this event featuring floats, performers, and VIP guests, including Amanda McCoy, 2013 Miss Black USA. The parade grand marshals are Mayor Patrick Cannon and Darrell “Bubba” Wallace, Jr., the first African-American to win in a NASCAR national series since 1963.

• National Day of Celebration, Jan. 20, 7-9 a.m., Crown Ball Room, Charlotte Convention Center.

Features scholarship presentations to the winners of the CMS MLK Art and Writing contest winners and presentation of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Medallion Award.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit: http://www.ez-tixx.com.



Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center is hosting a Martin Luther King, Jr.Celebration on Monday, January 20th at noon at the sanctuary of St. John's Baptist Church. Speakers will include Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown, Rabbi Judith Schindler, and Rev. Dennis Foust. Music will be provided by the Caldwell Presbyterian Church Gospel Choir. Please join us!
Posted on January 14, 2014

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