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MLK Holiday ParadeMLK holiday parade
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MLK Art & Writing ContestArt & writing content awards ceremony
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Daybreak of Freedom ObservanceNational Observance Daybreak of Freedom
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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. believed in celebrating and promoting the worth of every human being. In his pursuit of equal rights by nonviolent means, Dr. King encouraged diverse cultures to live together in a spirit of love, understanding and service to one another.

In that same spirit, the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, through their Community Relations Committee, came together to expand our community's observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day through the Charlotte-Mecklenburg MLK National Holiday Celebration. Through these events, we celebrate those who are committed to carrying Dr. King's legacy forward from generation to generation.​​
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Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Parade deta​​​ils

Join us for the MLK Holiday Prayer Breakfast


Join our MLK volunteer event

Organizing partners of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg MLK National Holiday Celebration​ include the YMCA of Greater Charlotte, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Johnson C. Smith University and members of our faith community. Events are sponsored through the generosity of PNC Bank, the 2015 Diamond Sponsor of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg MLK National Holiday Celebration. Additional support has been provided by McDonalds, Piedmont Natural Gas, Time Warner Cable, Food Lion and Truliant Federal Credit Union.


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​​​Ev​ents and locations

CMS art and writing contest award ceremony
Martin Luther King​​​ Jr. Memorial Service

MLK Growing the Dream Ceremony
Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Parade

Martin Luther King Jr. Call to Service

National Observance Daybreak of Freedom