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This year, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, observed the third Monday in January, falls on the civil rights leader’s actual birthday, Monday, January 15th. MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a National Day of Service, encouraging all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities in honor of King’s life and legacy. Several events have been organized around the Charlotte area to celebrate King’s legacy through art, music, conversation, service and more.

The community is invited to join the Divine 9 Panel Discussion on Friday, January 12th at Johnson C. Smith University from 11:30am to 1pm. Community leaders – representing a variety of professions from law and technology to finance and education – will gather to discuss their path in leadership and provide keys to navigating their journey to success. The event will be held in Grimes Lounge. No registration is required.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Parade will return to Uptown Charlotte on Saturday, January 13th from 9am to 12pm. The route will be down Tryon Street, beginning at 9th Street and ending at Brooklyn Village Avenue. Highlights will include floats with the student winners of the CMS MLK Art and Writing Contests and local performance groups.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. P.E.A.C.E. Basketball Showcase will be held on Saturday, January 13th from 10am to 8pm at West Charlotte High School. Admission is $10. The showcase will be presented by Back to the Basics Academy, a nonprofit organization formed in 1997 to provide youth of all economic backgrounds a greater opportunity for amateur athletic competitions.

The Levine Museum of the New South is hosting a family day celebration in King’s honor on Monday, January 15th from 10am to 3pm. Admission is free.

The City of Charlotte is hosting a wreath-laying ceremony on Monday, January 15th at
Marshall Park from 2-3pm as part of the Atrium Health Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Service to
commemorate the life and death of Dr. King.

Does your family have plans for the MLK Holiday? If you plan to attend any of these events or engage in any other activities or service initiatives, we welcome you to share your photos, traditions and experiences on MLK Day with us by tagging CN Jenkins on Facebook and Instagram. You can also email us at Please include “MLK Day” in the subject line.

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