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Life of MLK Jr. to be Celebrated in Charlotte-Mecklenburg
Monday, January 9, 2012

Contact: Terry Bradley, 704-336-5271

Beginning Thursday, January 12, Charlotte-Mecklenburg will celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of history’s greatest champions of peace, pluralism and diversity, with a weekend of events:  

  • CMS Martin Luther King Jr. Art and Writing Contest Awards Ceremony

Thursday, January 12, 6 - 8pm – West Charlotte High School
This is the 18th Annual Art and Writing Contest. Students submit art and writing entries to their schools and have their work entered into a district level competition. School winners will be recognized and district level competition winners will be announced. All first place winners receive an honorarium and have an opportunity to share their work at the Gantt Center on January 16 from 10:30am – 11:30am.

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Parade                        

Saturday, January 14, 11:00am – Beginning at N. Tryon and 9th and continuing to Stonewall Street
Capture footage of local high school marching bands, JROTC, steppers, Greek letter fraternities and sororities, social and community service organizations, City and County elected officials, and religious and community leaders. The Charlotte Fire Department is celebrating 125 years of service and will have three historic fire trucks and the Charlotte Fire Department Honor Guard in the parade. Special celebrity guest to serve as parade marshal. Presented by Food Lion, Power 98 FM, V101.9 and The CW 46.

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Memorial and Wreath Laying Ceremony

Sunday, January 15, 2:00pm – 800 East Third Street
A ceremony will be held in Marshall Park to commemorate the life and untimely death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Council Member LaWana Mayfield, Kojo Nantambu of the NAACP, Yusuf Yee, Former Chaplain at Guantanamo Bay and Dr. Patrick Gram of the Urban League will lead the ceremony at the King Statue. The benediction will be provided by Reverend Sonja Lee. Gail Jackson Ford will be present as a special guest soloist.

  • Martin Luther King, Jr.  Holiday Prayer Breakfast

Monday, January 16, 7:00am
The H. L. McCrorey Family YMCA presents its 18th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast at the Charlotte Westin, 601 South College Street, in uptown Charlotte. Individual tickets are $35 and sponsorships are available. Call 704-716-6500 for ticket and sponsorship information.