As the country sets aside a day to celebrate a national hero, a Civil Rights Movement revolutionary, and a great man, Martin Luther King, Jr., there are many events around Charlotte that you can participate in.

martin Our Friend, Martin. A movie that I remember watching as a kid, and I still enjoy today, Our Friend, Martin is a great film for children that helps teach them about Martin Luther King, Jr. in a fun, interactive way. The film shows two boys of different racial backgrounds as they travel back through time and meet Martin Luther King, Jr.

You can watch the video on Youtube

Events (all FREE)

Sunday 1/17/16 AND Monday, 1/18/16

Legacy Celebration at Levine Museum 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Park at 7th Street Station. Bring ticket to museum for parking validation.

  • 12:00 PM – Film: The Children’s March
  • 12:30 PM – Children’s story time
  • 1:00 PM – Destination Freedom (presentation)
  • 2:00 – 2:45 PM – Quilted Strength (performance)
  • 2:30 PM – Children’s story time
  • 2:30 – 3:30 PM – Guided tour (limited to first 35 people)
  • 3:00 – 3:45 PM – Quilted Strength, Part 2 (performance)
  • 4:00 PM – Closing


Monday 1/18/16 (Holiday)

Living the Legacy – MLK Day – Harvey B. Gantt Center 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

551 South Tryon Street

There will be performances, films, workshops, and a discussion centered around Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy.

Halton Theater, Central Piedmont Community College 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Community mass meeting. There will be celebrations, music, readings, and dance. Missouri congressman Emanuel Cleaver II will be the guest keynote speaker.

Legacy Celebration, Levine Museum (Day 2) 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

200 East 7th Street – Parking validated for 2 hours


Tuesday 1/19/16

Past, Present, and Future: Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 3:0 PM

Cone University Center, McKnight Hall

Keynote speaker: Ed Gordon

Candle lighting ceremony and open reception with food and fun.