We have our first long weekend of the new year coming up to celebrate a great man and American hero: Martin Luther King, Jr. Here are some events happening this weekend in the Southeast to honor MLK, specifically in Charlotte, Atlanta and Charleston.
MLK Memorial and Wreath Laying Celebration
Tuesday, January 15th: 12pm at Marshall Park
On Dr. King’s actual birthday, January 15, a brief but symbolic wreath-laying ceremony will take place at the MLK statue in Marshall Park at 12pm, kicking off the annual celebration. This year’s event features community leaders Glenn Thomas and Jibril Huff, along with Charlotte City Council member LaWana Mayfield.
Charlotte Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade
Saturday, January 19th: 11am
The parade starts at 11th and N. Tryon and ends at Stonewall and S. Tryon. The main stage is located at Levine Ave of the Arts. Each year, the city of Charlotte MLK Holiday parade features marching bands, Greek, community, civic organizations, local community leaders and much, much more.
Hands On Charlotte’s MLK Call to Service
Saturday, January 19th: 10am – 2pm
Each year, Hands On Charlotte honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by organizing special volunteer service projects on and around the holiday that bears his name. These projects not only deliver valuable assistance to nonprofit organizations, schools and other service providers around the area, but also allow thousands of citizens to reflect on the meaning of Dr. King’s life of service for today’s America.
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at Levine Museum
Sunday, January 20th: 12pm – 4pm & Monday, January 21st: 10am – 4pm
Join the Levine Museum of the New South for their annual free community celebration in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., and be among the first to see the new exhibit, Fighting for Democracy.
MLK Day 2013 – Education, a Cornerstone of the Twentieth Century Freedom Struggle
January 21st: 9:00am – 4:30pm
Presentations and films at Wells Fargo Auditorium are free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Admission to Gantt Center is free and open to the public. Admission to America I AM: The African American Imprint exhibit is $5.00 person and free for Gantt Center Members.
A King Celebration Concert
Thursday, Jan. 17: 8:00pm. Atlanta Symphony Hall, Atlanta
Following this year’s 20th-anniversary A King Celebration at Atlanta Symphony Hall, Robert Spano and the Orchestra return to the MLK Chapel on the campus of Morehouse College.
The DREAM 50 Art Contest Awards Ceremony
Saturday, Jan. 19: 2:30 p.m.
Morehouse College – Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel. FREE and Open to the Public. Hosted by the Morehouse College, Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection and The King Center.
King Week Holiday March & Rally
Monday, Jan. 21: 2 p.m.
FREE and Open to the Public. The march is held on Auburn Avenue from Peachtree Street to Jackson Street. To participate in the March, call or email 404.614.3233 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Project
Monday, Jan. 21
FREE and Open to the Public. For more information contact: Hands On Atlanta at (404) 979- 2800 or visit www.handsonatlanta.org
MLK Picture Awards, featuring Anita Zucker as keynote speaker
January 16th: 6 p.m.
WHERE: Burke High School, 244 President St. COST: Free
MLK Panel Discussion: Remembering the Civil Rights Movement from the Black and Jewish Perspective, Part II
January 17th: 7 p.m.
WHERE: Brith Sholom Beth Israel, 182 Rutledge Ave. COST: Free. MORE INFO: 577-6599 or 722-1644 or http://www.ywca-charlestonsc.org
MLK Peace and Unity Rally
January 17th: 5:30 p.m. at Cougar Mall
Featuring performances by the Charleston Development Academy’s Singing Eagles and live streaming of Martin Luther King Jr.’s speeches.
MLK Federal Holiday Parade
January 21: 11:00 a.m.
Start at Burke High School. Dr. Nancy McGinley, Charleston County Schools Superintendent– Parade Marshall. Route: Fishburne St & Ashley Ave.to Sumter St. to King St. ending on Calhoun St.
MLK Day of Service
January 21st & 22nd
This year, the College of Charleston is collaborating with the YWCA-Charleston to provide a day of service opportunities in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The 2013 MLK Day of Service will be held on Monday, January 21st and the morning of Tuesday, January 22nd. Registration required by January 16.
Feel free to share some of the happenings you are aware of in the comments below. Hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday weekend!