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A listing of events honoring the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., in Charlotte and surrounding areas. This list will be updated as new events are submitted. To have your event included, email editor@qcitymetro.com.

Charlotte Events, January 15-20

Memorial and Wreath Laying Ceremony
Wednesday, Jan. 15, 12 noon
A brief ceremony will begin the annual celebration of King’s life. 12 Noon, MLK statue, Marshall Park

Art and Writing Contest Winners
Thursday, Jan. 16, 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Celebrate with the winners of this year’s Leaving a Legacy – Realizing the Dream art and writing contest, sponsored by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. This competition is now in its 20th year. West Charlotte High School Auditorium (2219 Senior Drive)

MLK Holiday Parade
Saturday, Jan. 18, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The parade will march down Tryon Street, beginning at 10th and ending at Stonewall. Over 90 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, local performance group and “America’s Got Talent” quarter finalist Inspire the Fire, and “The Band” Marching Unit, an award-winning group from Baltimore, Maryland. Amanda McCoy, the 2013 Miss Black USA, also will appear. The parade Grand Marshals are Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon and Darrell “Bubba” Wallace, Jr., the first African-American to win in a NASCAR national series since 1963.

MLK Holiday Prayer Breakfast
Monday, Jan. 20, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Since its inception in 1994, this commemorative breakfast has honored King’s legacy. What began with 200 people this year is expected to top 1,200, making it the largest yet. This annual event will feature acclaimed author Hill Harper and will benefit the McCrorey Family YMCA and the Y Achievers Program, which provides youth in the northwest corridor with programs to improve academic outcomes. The breakfast starts at 8 a.m. inside the Charlotte Convention Center, Crown Ballroom. Doors open at 7:15 a.m.

National Day of Celebration
Monday, Jan. 20, 7 a.m. - 9 a.m.
This event features scholarship presentations to the winners of the CMS MLK Art and Writing contest winners and the presentation of the prestigious Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Medallion Award. Crown Ball Room, Charlotte Convention Center
For more information and to purchase tickets visit: http://www.ez-tixx.com/

Gantt Center Events, January 20

Gallary Opens 9 a.m.

An Interactive Exchange with The Possibility Project
10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Rooftop Pavillion
The Possibility Project-Charlotte is a non-profit leadership organization that empowers teenagers to create safe, peaceful, productive lives and communities. Using the performing arts and community action as vehicles, we develop the next generation of engaged community leaders. The Possibility Project-Charlotte brings together 60 youth, ages 13-19, from various schools, neighborhoods and backgrounds, to participate in our year-round program at Spirit Square. Each week beginning in September, the ensemble meets together to increase their understanding of cultural and social issues, to improve their communication skills and their ability to resolve conflicts, to identify their personal leadership qualities and their potential as future decision-makers, and to understand the value and opportunities of service to their communities.

Mentoring Fair
11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Grand Lobby
Welcome and a call for mentors with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte. Join us in the Grand Lobby to speak with representatives from local mentoring organizations for prospective mentors and mentees.

Buttons & Protest Signs: A Drop-In Crafts Workshop
Learning Center
Families are invited to join us in the Learning Center to create your own civil rights inspired keepsakes.

Film Screening - The Fade & Discussion
11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., Performance Suite
A feature length documentary, The Fade presents an exclusive window into the lives of 4 barbers, seamlessly transporting us to and from Accra, Ghana; London, England; New Jersey and Kingston, Jamaica in a narrative that illustrates parallel themes of identity, business, masculinity and culture. Directed by Andy Mundy-Castle, The Fade observes Faisal, Shawn Powis, Offori "Tupac" Mensah and Johnny "Cakes" Castellanos - the barber responsible for the images of two of hip-hop's icons, Jay Z and Pharell Williams; illuminating the same aspirations separated only by time and space while displaying the power of entrepreneurship and the mobility it provides for individual goals and status within the community.

What Does It Take to Be a Great Mentor? A Roundtable Discussion led by Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte
1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m., Performance Suite
Mentoring is a proven way to promote growth and development in young people. Mentors need to understand the key components of mentoring, and how to avoid the pitfalls and stumbling blocks that tend to derail mentoring relationships. Experienced mentors from a variety of local organizations will be on hand to answer your questions about the challenges and joys of engaging youth.

Question Bridge: A Facilitated Discussion and Creative Response with The Possibility Project
2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m., Performance Suite and Grand Lobby
The Possibility Project youth ensemble will lead a facilitated conversation to support honest expression and healing dialogue in a safe setting after viewing the Question Bridge exhibition. The conversation will be followed by a performance piece that the students created in response to the exhibition.

Davidson College Events, January 20 -21

“King Day for Kids”
Jan. 20, 9 a.m.-11a.m.
Alvarez College Union Brown Atrium
Area youth grades K-5 are invited to take part in small group readings, arts and crafts, storytelling, and personal expressions of their dream. Children will receive literacy-based goodie bags at the end of the afternoon. Register before January 13 via http://tinyurl.com/kingdayforkids. For information contact Kyle Goodfellow at kygoodfellow@davidson.edu or 704-894-2460

“Civil Rights Cinema”
Jan. 20, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Alvarez College Union Room 313,
The six-part series “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross” will be shown continually during this time. Written and presented by Prof. Henry Louis Gates, the film explores the evolution of the African-American people, as well as the cultural institutions, political strategies, and religious and social perspectives they developed to forge their history, culture and society against unimaginable odds.

MLK Lecture: “40 Years Later: Now Can We Talk”
Jan. 20, 11 a.m.
Alvarez College Union Smith 900 Room
Professors Nancy Fairley and Hilton Kelly will screen the video “40 Years Later: Now Can We Talk” as an introduction to an examination of the divergent memories of high school students who integrated schools in the American South. They will discuss the difficulties experienced by African American students, and the denial of complicity by white students.

“Racial Framing in Disney Films and Social Media”
Jan. 20, 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Alvarez College Union Room 209
Scholars concur that racial framing plays an important role in the perpetuation of racism. Racial framing is defined as an organized set of racial ideas, narrative, images, and stereotypes that denigrate and discriminate against minority groups. During this session Davidson students Joshua Arthur, Tommy Chaisuesomboon, Elizabeth Lackey, Craig Stevens, Joi Stevens, and Zach Zapatero will demonstrate how racial framing is perpetuated in social media such as Facebook, Vine, Instagram and Walt Disney films.

"The Long Civil Rights Movement and the Successful Struggle Against Jim Crow"
Jan. 20, 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Alvarez College Union Sprinkle Room
Professor of History Daniel Aldridge will lead this discussion about how the Civil Rights movement actually began immediately after African Americans were freed from slavery following the Civil War. Though Martin Luther King is justly celebrated as one of the greatest human rights leaders in world history he was part of a long tradition that included many figures such as Booker T. Washington, Ida Wells-Barnett, W. E. B. Du Bois, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Malcolm X. The struggle still continues, but the successes of African American forbears will be recognized in this session.

“Disingenuous Narratives of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Children’s Literature”
Jan. 20, 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Alvarez College Union Room 303
Davidson College senior Callie Anderson leads this presentation of her research into how representations of Dr. King in school curriculum and children’s books have turned him into a mythic figure, and simultaneously distorted his life and activism.

“Poetic Reflections of Social Justice”
Jan. 20, 3 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Alvarez College Union Smith 900 Room
Clint Smith, a 23 year-old Class of 2010 Davidson graduate, poet, educator, and activist from New Orleans, will perform his prize-winning slam poetry. Smith founded Davidson College’s “Free Word” slam poetry team, and has performed at slams, universities, workshops, and poetry festivals throughout the United States and across Southern Africa. Smith won the 2012 Graffiti DC Grand Slam, and is a member of the 2012 Beltway Poetry Team, representing DC at the National Poetry Slam. Smith has also served as a State Department cultural ambassador to Swaziland, where he conducted poetry workshops focused on HIV/AIDS prevention and self-empowerment with youth.

MLK Lecture featuring NAACP Immediate Past President Benjamin Jealous
Jan. 21, 11 a.m. - 12 noon
Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College
Benjamin Todd Jealous stepped down at the end of 2013 as the youngest president in the history of the NAACP. He has been a leader of successful state and local movements to ban the death penalty, outlaw racial profiling, defend voting rights, secure marriage equality, and free wrongfully incarcerated people. He began his career at the NAACP at age 18 opening mail at the Legal Defense Fund. Under his leadership, the NAACP experienced its first multi-year membership growth in twenty years, and became the largest community-based nonpartisan voter registration operation in the country. A Rhodes Scholar, he is a graduate of Columbia and Oxford Universities. He has been named to the 40 under 40 lists of both Forbes and Time magazines, and labeled a Young Global Economic Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Events in Thomasville, January 12-28

Sunday, January 12, 2014
13th MLK Liturgical Dance Concert & Arts Festival
Citadel of Faith Christian Fellowship – 5 p.m.

Monday, January 13, 2014
Health Awareness Seminar 1 (Diabetes - It's Signs and Symptoms)
Citadel of Faith Christian Fellowship - 6 p.m.

MLK Holiday Revival
Citadel of Faith Christian Fellowship - 7:30 p.m.
Bishop Van Johnson, Union Baptist Church

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Health Awareness Seminar 2 (Sarcoidosis - Fighting to Breath)
Citadel of Faith Christian Fellowship - 6 p.m.

MLK Holiday Revival
Citadel of Faith Christian Fellowship - 7:30 p.m.
Elder Donna Canty, Friendship Baptist Church

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Health Awareness Seminar 3 (Hypertension - The Silent Killer)
Citadel of Faith Christian Fellowship - 6 p.m.

MLK Holiday Revival
Citadel of Faith Christian Fellowship - 7:30 p.m.
Pastor Travis Judkins, 1st Missionary Baptist Church, Thomasville, NC

Thursday, January 16, 2014
Health Awareness Seminar 4 (Prostate and Lung Cancer - Prevention and Treatment)
Citadel of Faith Christian Fellowship - 6 p.m.

MLK Holiday Revival
Citadel of Faith Christian Fellowship - 7:30 p.m.
Apostle James H. Carter, Cornerstone Church

Friday, January 17, 2014
Health Awareness Seminar 5 (Affordable Health Care Act - What's in it for me?)
Citadel of Faith Christian Fellowship - 6 p.m.

MLK Holiday Revival
Citadel of Faith Christian Fellowship - 7:30 p.m.
Reverend Victoria Venable, Cathedral of Christ Baptist Church & FLAMES, Washington, DC

Saturday, January 18, 2014
5th Annual MLK Peace March
Martin Luther King Drive to Amphitheater – 12:00 noon (MLK Drive to Pace Park)

13th Annual MLK Awards Dinner & Oratorical Contest
Rich Fork Baptist Church – 6 p.m.
(Tickets $30 for adults, $15 for children under 12)

Sunday, January 19, 2014
MLK Gospel Marathon
T. Austin Finch Auditorium – 4 p.m.

Monday, January 20, 2014
3rd Annual MLK Holiday Basketball Classic
Thomasville High vs. Carver High
Girls – 2 p.m. Boys – 4 p.m.
(Tickets are $5)

28th MLK National Holiday Observance
Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Thomasville, NC – 7 p.m.
Rev. Dr. Nelson N. Johnson, Keynote Speaker
Pastor, Faith Community Church and Executive Director, The Beloved Community Center, Greensboro, NC

Events in New Bern, January 16

African American Lecture Series: "When I Leave"
7 p.m, Cullman Performance Hall (529 South Front St., New Bern, NC)
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCL) formed in Atlanta under its first president, Martin Luther King, Jr. It was January, 1957, and the world was changing. That same year President Dwight Eisenhower signed the first voter registration bill. And in a rural North Carolina town, the eldest son in a small farming family struggled to contain his frustration with the many injustices of his segregated existence. Will the promise of a better world arrive in time to deter his discontent? Or will a lack of awareness ignite his brewing rage? Admission: Free

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