CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Nov. 20, 2017) — Organizers of the Carolinas HealthCare System Charlotte-Mecklenburg MLK National Holiday Celebration — the Southeast's largest celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and legacy — have opened two online forms for participation in January's events in Charlotte.
A registration form is now open for organizations that would like to participate in the 2018 Carolinas HealthCare System MLK Holiday Parade in uptown Charlotte. The deadline to register is Jan. 2, 2018. More than 100 community organizations, marching bands and step and drill teams are expected to march in the parade on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018.
A form for submitting nominations for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Medallion Award is also available on mlk.charlottenc.gov. The award is presented annually by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee and is given to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg citizen who exemplifies the ideals of Dr. King. Nominees will be accepted until Jan. 2, 2018.
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 spirit of love, understanding and service to one another.
In that same spirit, the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, through the Community Relations committee, have come together to expand the community's observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Those who are committed to carrying King's legacy forward from generation to generation are celebrated each year through the Carolinas HealthCare System Charlotte-Mecklenburg MLK National Holiday Celebration.
Organizing partners of the Carolinas HealthCare System Charlotte-Mecklenburg MLK National Holiday Celebration include Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Johnson C. Smith University, United Way of Central Carolinas, and members of the faith community. Events are sponsored through the generosity of Carolinas HealthCare System.
A list of community events is available at mlk.charlottenc.gov.
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