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Martin Luther King Day observances in Charlotte

Jan. 20. Today we honor the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Schools and banks, as well as Town Hall, will be closed in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, held annually on the third Monday of January.

Trash collection today will go on as scheduled.

​A ​Black History Month Celebration ​will be held ​Saturday, Feb. 1 at Cornelius Town Hall.​ ​The event, which runs from 1 pm to 3 pm, will include live performances, children’s activities and refreshments. The event is free and open to the public.

NC Rep Chaz Beasley said Dr. King’s legacy has “greatly outlasted his life on Earth. We honor a man who challenged, and changed, the soul of this country.”

​There are events today all around Charlotte in Dr. King’s honor:​

MLK Day Celebration


9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture  551 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202

Full day of events including performances, panel discussions, guided tours, and more.

Martin Luther King Jr. Observance & CMS Arts Awards


10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Halton Theatre on the campus of Central Piedmont Community College  1206 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Celebration: A Call to Service


10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Levine Museum of the New South  200 E. 7th Street Charlotte, NC 28202

Full day of events including performances, film screenings, and a youth volunteer fair.

Smithville ​is the center of the historic black community in Cornelius, with roots dating back to the 1880s. The Smithville CommUNITY Coalition was formed in 2011 and is made up of residents, area citizens, non-profits and faith-based communities.

Their vision is to revitalize and transform their community into a vibrant, safe and attractive place to live and work that builds pride in its residents and attracts new developments of affordable homes and businesses, focusing on empowering all individuals and strengthening families.