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9 ways to celebrate MLK Day this long weekend

John D. Simmons/Charlotte Observer
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.'s float makes its way down Tryon Street on Saturday, January 18, 2014.
John D. Simmons/Charlotte Observer Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.'s float makes its way down Tryon Street on Saturday, January 18, 2014. jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

Some of us will have a long weekend with Monday being a national holiday to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and life achievements.

The City of Charlotte, Hands On Charlotte, and our local universities and community organizations have coordinated several events to help us remember the reason for this day off.

Think about jumping out of your comfort zone, making good on a New Year’s resolution or supporting our community by attending one of these events:

All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

Friday, January 15

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Service

12–1 p.m.

Marshall Park – 800 E 3rd St

Brief and upbeat wreath laying ceremony at the Martin Luther King, Jr statue

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Saturday, January 16

​​2016 City of Charlotte MLK Holiday Parade

10:30 a.m.

Begins at N. Tryon and 10th ​Street, and ends at Stonewall Street

Step teams, high school marching bands, and radio hosts No Limit Larry and Eddie Owens make this a celebration of diversity.

Hands On Charlotte’s MLK Call to Service

1-4 p.m.

East Mecklenburg High School (6800 Monroe Road in East Charlotte)

Military & Global Leadership Academy at Marie G. Davis (3351 Griffith Street near South End)

This is a drop-in volunteer event, but an RSVP is appreciated.

CML Presents: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

2-4 p.m.

Beatties Ford Road Regional (2412 Beatties Ford Road)

The North Carolina Association of Black Storytellers will share traditional stories that pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

2016 MLK Gospel Showcase

7 p.m.

Halton Theater, Central Piedmont Community College (1206 Elizabeth Ave.)

Gospel showcase featuring Alexis Spight and gospel talents across the North Carolina area. Tickets are available for purchase here.

Monday, January 18

22nd Annual MLK Holiday Breakfast

8 a.m.

Crown Ballroom at the Nascar Hall of Fame (400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.)

Keynote Speaker is Malcolm Graham, Former State Senator. Tickets can be purchased here.

National Observance: Community Mass Meeting

10 a.m.-noon

Halton Theater, Central Piedmont Community College (1206 Elizabeth Ave.)

An interfaith program featuring Missouri congressman Emanuel Cleaver II as the keynote speaker.

Tuesday, January 19

Past, Present and Future: Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

3:30 p.m.

Cone University Center McKnight Hall , UNC Charlotte (9201 University City Blvd.)

“Advancing the Dream: A Call to Action” will feature keynote speaker Ed Gordon, an Emmy award-winning broadcaster.

Wednesday, January 20

Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Lecture

8:30 p.m.

Ketner Auditorium, Sykes Learning Center, Queens University of Charlotte (1900 Selwyn Avenue)

Dr. Charles Pinckney, faculty member at UNC Charlotte, will be speaking.

Photo: John D. Simmons/Charlotte Observer

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