January 16, 2015
Contact: Ashley Simmons, Office of the Mayor
704-336-3438 or 704-614-9116
CHARLOTTE, NC - Mayor Dan Clodfelter invites the community to participate in several events to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  this weekend.
"Charlotte has a rich tradition of celebrating Dr. King’s life, and I thank all of the members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg MLK Holiday Planning Committee for everything they do each year to recognize his impact on our nation and the world," said Clodfelter,  "His vision is evident in nearly every arena of our lives." 
Mayor Dan Clodfelter will attend several events in celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., hosted by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg MLK Holiday Planning Committee:
• MLK Parade – Saturday, Jan. 17 at 11 am: 11th St. and Tryon down to Stonewall St. and Tryon 
• MLK Community Worship Celebration – Sunday, Jan. 18 at 5 pm: Dale Halton Theater at CPCC
• MLK Prayer Breakfast – Monday, Jan. 19 at 8 am: Crown Ballroom, NASCAR Hall of Fame
A full list of events is available online:
"Our first challenge is to promote the vision, and see to it that no one ever forgets the struggle, the sacrifices of time, resources, and lives—every effort, great or small, to bring about social justice and positive change in this community, across our country and around the world," said Clodfelter.
"Our second challenge is to never stop. The work of Dr. King is far from over. Every Charlottean, every American, every human – regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or economic background – has a responsibility to advocate for unity, diversity, and multiculturalism."
Organizing partners of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg MLK National Holiday Celebration include Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations, YMCA of Greater Charlotte, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Johnson C. Smith University and members of the faith community.