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MLK holiday marked by prayer breakfast, much more

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  • MLK Jr. parade in Charlotte 01.18.14
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  • MLK parade in Charlotte
  • What's open, closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • MLK events around the region
  • MLK holiday events

    Monday

    → Charlotte

    •  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 E. Seventh St.

    •  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.

    → Concord

    •  Wreath-laying ceremony: Noon, MLK Memorial Plaza, Cabarrus Avenue.

    •  Talent celebration: 1-4 p.m., Logan Center.

    → Davidson

    •  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 Children’s Literature” and “Poetic Reflections of Social Justice.” For times, locations and descriptions of each event: bit.ly/1dow0oM.

    → Hickory

    •  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?” – the story of Lena May Baker, the only woman electrocuted in Georgia for murdering a white man. 30 Third Street N.W. $5 requested donation.

    → Newton

    •  MLK March and Celebration: 11 a.m., from St. Paul United Methodist Church to the old courthouse. Sponsored by NAACP of Catawba County.

    → Rock Hill

    •  Winthrop University: Day of service. More than 300 students registered to serve more than 25 community agencies, starting at 9 a.m.

    → Salisbury

    •  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 N.Church St.

    → Statesville

    •  MLK Community Breakfast: 6:30 a.m., Statesville Civic Center, 301 S. Center St.

    Tuesday

    → Davidson

    •  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.

    Thursday

    → Charlotte

    • Mecklenburg Ministries Observance: 6-8 p.m., Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1000 E. Morehead St. The legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela will be honored in a celebration of faith, dance and prose.

    Saturday

    → Lancaster, S.C.

    •  Parade and ceremony begin at 11 a.m. downtown.

    Steve Lyttle and Hilary Trenda


  • More information

    What’s open, closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    Here’s how the following institutions will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday:

    Federal offices: Closed.

    N.C., S.C. state offices: Closed.

    Charlotte city offices: Closed.

    Mecklenburg County offices: Closed.

    Mecklenburg County courts: Closed.

    Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools: Closed.

    Charlotte-Mecklenburg libraries: Closed.

    County Park and Rec: Offices will be closed. Nature and recreation centers operate on regular hours.

    Banks: Closed.

    Buses, light rail: Open. CATS will operate on the Saturday schedule.

    Mecklenburg County Solid Waste: Offices and facilities closed; Compost Central open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Garbage pickup: Closed. Collection will operate on a one-day delay, with Friday customers receiving collection services Saturday.

    Mecklenburg ABC stores: Closed.

    FedEx: Open.

    UPS: Open.

    U.S. Postal Service: Closed. Hilary Trenda



Residents across the Carolinas will gather at community service projects, prayer breakfasts and parades Monday to remember the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

The holiday will be marked by a number of events in Charlotte and elsewhere across the region.

The holiday observance in Charlotte begins at 8 a.m. with the 20th annual MLK Holiday Prayer Breakfast at the Charlotte Convention Center.

The guest speaker for this YMCA-sponsored event is Hill Harper, best-known for his role as Dr. Sheldon Hawkes on “CSI: New York” but also the author of the best-selling book “Letters to a Young Brother: Manifest Your Destiny.”

In addition, CPCC students and staff will participate in an unusual community service effort, in which they will be asked to use their ingenuity to complete projects within one day, with only token financial support.

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