• 20th annual MLK Holiday Prayer Breakfast, Crown Ball Room of Charlotte Convention Center. Doors open at 7:30 a.m., program begins at 8 a.m. Guest speaker: Hill Harper, actor and author. Ticket information: http://ez-tixx.com/mlk/
• Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center MLK Celebration, noon, at St. John Baptist Church, Hawthorne Lane. Worship leaders: Rabbi Judith Schindler, Rev. Dennis Foust, Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown.
• Levine Museum of the New South: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. activities. Includes film screenings at 10 a.m., noon and 3:30 p.m. Live performances at 11 a.m., 12:30, 1 and 3 p.m. Story time at 10:45 a.m., 12:45 and 2:45 p.m. Museum is at 200 East 7th Street.
• CPCC Day of Service: Between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., teams of students are challenged to complete community service projects for Charlotte-area relief agencies. Students must use their ingenuity to solve and complete the projects.
• Harvey B. Gantt Center: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., day of discussions, performances, arts and crafts. Highlights include student roundtable discussion, 10 a.m.-noon; screening of The Fade, followed by discussion, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.; Facilitated student discussion, followed by student performance, 2:30-4 p.m. Free admission.
• Wreath-laying ceremony: Noon, MLK Memorial Plaza, Cabarrus Avenue.
• Talent celebration: 1-4 p.m., Logan Center.
• Davidson College observance: King Day for Kids, Civil Rights Cinema and lecture 40 Years Later: Now We Can Talk. Seminar series will include Racial Framing in Disney Films and Social Media, Disingenuous Narratives of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Childrens Literature and Poetic Reflections of Social Justice. For times, locations and descriptions of each event: bit.ly/1dow0oM.
• MLK Parade: 11 a.m., from Lenoir-Rhyne University to Ridgeview Recreation Center.
• Hickory Community Theatre: 2:30 and 7 p.m., performances of Who Will Sing for Lena, story of Lena May Baker, the only woman electrocuted in Georgia for murdering a white man. 30 Third Street N.W. $5 requested donation.
• MLK March and Celebration: 11 a.m., from St. Paul United Methodist Church to the old courthouse. Sponsored by NAACP of Catawba County.
• Winthrop University: Day of service. More than 300 students registered to serve more than 25 community agencies, starting at 9 a.m.
• MLK Jr. Breakfast: 7:30 a.m., J.F. Hurley YMCA, 828 Jake Alexander Blvd.
• Memorial Ceremony: 9:30 a.m., Freedom Center at Soldiers Memorial AME Zion Church, 306 North Church Street.
• MLK Community Breakfast: 6:30 a.m., Statesville Civic Center, 301 South Center Street.
• Davidson College: 11 a.m.-noon, Duke Family Performance Hall, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture featuring Benjamin Jealous, immediate past president of the NAACP. Details: bit.ly/1dow0oM.
• Mecklenburg Ministries Observance: 6-8 p.m., Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1000 East Morehead Street. The legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela will be honored in a celebration of faith, dance and prose.
• Parade and ceremony begin at 11 a.m. downtown.
Steve Lyttle and Hilary Trenda
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