The celebration for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. started early Saturday morning in Charlotte.
There was a prayer service at the Convention Center followed by a parade down Tryon Street.
Events will continue Monday including:
Holiday Prayer Breakfast
When: 8 a.m. Jan. 21
Where: Charlotte Convention Center
The H.L. McCrorey Family YMCA presents its 19th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast at the Charlotte Convention Center's Crown Ballroom. Tickets are $45 per person and are available at www.ez-tixx.com. Doors open at 7:15 a.m.
Dr. John David Smith lecutre
When: 2 p.m. Jan. 26
Where: Main Library, 320 N. Tryon St.
Dr. John David Smith will present a lecture “As firmly linked to ‘Africanus’ as was that of the celebrated Scipio”: Abraham Lincoln, Emancipation, and the U.S. Colored Troops.
Smith is the Charles H. Stone Distinguished Professor of American History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he teaches courses on the American South, the Civil War, and African-American slavery and emancipation.