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2019 Atrium Health Charlotte-Mecklenburg Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 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 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 Dr. 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.​​


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Events and Activities

MLK Memorial ServiceMLK Memorial Service
Commemorate the life and death of Dr. King.
Memorial ServiceNew tab
MLK Holiday ParadeMLK Parade
Community Organzations, march bands, step and drill teams
MLK ParadeNew tab
MLK Call to ServiceMLK Call to Service
Family-friendly service activities
MLK Call to ServiceNew tab
MLK Growing the DreamMLK Growing Dream
Honoring community members.
Growing the Dream AwardNew tab
MLK P.E.A.C.E. ShowcaseBasketball
North and South Carolina compete in an invitational competition
MLK PEACE BasketballNew tab
MLK National ObservanceWriting Contest
Multimedia display of the arts featuring CMS students
National Observance & CMS Arts Writing ContestNew tab
MLK Medallion AwardMLK Promo Link - Medallion
Individuals who exemplify the ideals of Dr. King
MLK Medallion AwardNew tab

​2019 Atrium Health Charlotte-Mecklenburg Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday Celebration Sponsors


Atrium Health



Media Sponsors


Radio One

Beasley Media Group



Food Lion


Fifth Third Bank

Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority


Community Stakeholders

Frito Lay

Ingersoll Rand



 Event Calendar




Dr. ​Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Forms

​Parade registration has closed. To stay connected and updated for 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. parade please email your contact information to

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Medallion Award is presented each year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day during the National Day of Celebration. It is given to individuals in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community who exemplify the ideals of Dr. King.  Submit your nomination here

​Interested in being a sponsor for the 2019 Atrium Health Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. Submit your inquire here



​Recognizes Mecklenburg's unsung heroes, including grassroots leaders who work behind-the-scenes for the betterment of our neighborhoods. Submit nomination here

Volunteer sign-up for the 2019 Atrium Health Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend Celebration. Sign-up here