Monday, January 16, 2023 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
The Harvey B. Gantt Center’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration is inspired by their exhibition, Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth, in partnership with Levine Museum of the New South.
The two institutions come together to celebrate the legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for this day-long event collaborating with local and regional artists, historians, and organizations to uplift the power of collective voice and action.
MLK Day 2023 Program Schedule:
Children’s Book Storytime with Braxton Winston (2nd-floor lobby)
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Our Friend, Martin (Performance Suite, 2nd floor)
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Our Friend Martin is an animated, feature-length film that features two sixth-grade boys who are transported back to the time of civil rights leader Dr. King to learn about his life and that time period.
Civil Rights Arts & Crafts Station (3rd-floor mezzanine)
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
An assortment of art activities that commemorate the Civil Rights era for the whole family.
The Talk: Children’s Book Author Reflections (4th floor)
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Talented children’s books authors and illustrators continue the work of Rev. Dr. King through stories that inform and uplift our youngest generation.
Empowerment Sounds with Arsena (2nd-floor lobby)
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Enjoy covers of iconic Civil Rights era music, along with original music from musical sensation Arsena.
MLK & Civil Rights Trivia (Performance Suite, 2nd floor)
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Enjoy rounds of trivia about the Civil Rights era that the entire family can enjoy.
NC Civil Rights Trail with the AAHC (4th floor)
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Learn about iconic local civil rights movements in partnership with the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission (AAHC).
Breaking Ground: A Panel of Firsts (2nd-floor lobby)
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Moderated by CMS Foundation Executive Director, Sonja Gantt, this panel discussion will feature James Ferguson, II (co-founder of the first integrated law firm in North Carolina), Dorothy Counts-Scoggins (one of the first students to integrate public schools in Charlotte), and Ken Koontz (one of the first Black anchormen in Charlotte).
Charlotte’s Men of Change Exhibition: Meet the Artists (Performance Suite, 2nd-floor)
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
MLK Day will premiere Charlotte’s Men of Change pop-up exhibition. Meet the local artists commissioned to create brand new artwork inspired by some impactful Black men in Charlotte.
Community of Change Conversation (4th floor)
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Levine Museum Drop-In Art (401 S. Tryon St.)
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Enjoy crafts for all ages and view the Men of Change exhibition.
Community Drop-In Art with Ricky Singh (3rd-floor mezzanine)
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Let your creative side shine with a drop-in activity to celebrate Rev. Dr. King. An experience the entire family can enjoy, led by Ricky Singh (Charlotte Lab’s Upper School).
The Youth Revolution Soundtrack (2nd-floor lobby)
Youth will showcase a range of talents/performances to share how they are inspired to be champions of equity.
MLK: The Power of Words (Performance Suite, 2nd floor)
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Led by artist and community leader Jermaine Nakia Lee, participants will examine the ways in which powerful and passion-filled words can be used to communicate the concepts of freedom, justice, equality, and the American Dream.