MLK National Holiday Celebration launches online forums

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Dec. 1, 2015)
Terry Bradley
tbradley@charlottenc.gov
12/1/2015

2016 Charlotte-Mecklenburg MLK National Holiday Celebration launches online participation forums

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Dec. 1, 2015) — Organizers of the Southeast’s largest celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.(MLK) have opened two online portals for public input and participation in January’s weeklong celebration in Charlotte.

The registration portal is open for organizations wishing to participate in the MLK Holiday Parade. The deadline to register is Jan. 5, 2016. More than 100 participants including community organizations, marching bands, step teams and drill teams are expected to march through Uptown Charlotte on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016.
Also, nominations for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Medallion Award, presented annually by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee, are now being accepted. The Medallion Award is presented to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg resident who exemplifies the ideals of Dr. King. Nominations will be accepted until Jan. 5, 2016.
Links to the parade registration, Medallion Award nomination forms and community events can be found at http://charlottenc.gov/mlk.

About the Charlotte-Mecklenburg MLK National Holiday Celebration
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. believed in celebrating and promoting the worth of every human being. In his pursuit of equal rights by non-violent means, King encouraged diverse cultures to live together in a spirt 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 King’s legacy forward from generation to generation.

Organizing partners of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg MLK National Holiday Celebration include Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Johnson C. Smith University, Hands On Charlotte and members of the faith community. Events are sponsored by PNC Bank and additional support has been provided by Time Warner Cable and Truliant.