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MLK Day Celebration at Harvey B. Gantt

January 20 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

MLK Day Celebration at Harvey B. Gantt

Monday, January 20, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

Free admission

The Harvey B. Gantt Center of African-American Arts + Culture will hosts a community celebration and commemoration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a full day of programs and activities free for all ages.

Visitors will be able to create art, enjoy live music, participate in spoken-word activities and discussions around current social issues. There will also be opportunities to take part in guided tours and enjoy current exhibits, Painting Is Its Own Country, …and justice for all and Welcome to Brookhill.


9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Community Coloring
Fun family and community activity throughout the day, which will weave in the themes of the day while honoring the memory of Dr. King.

9:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.: Our Friend Martin Movie Screening
An animated, feature-length film that features two sixth-grade boys who are transported back to the time of civil rights leader Dr. King and learn about his life and contributions to humankind by experiencing the moment themselves and watching history in the making. The animated story is interspersed with authentic historical footage celebrating the life and work of Dr. King.

10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.: Hands-On Art with Jeffery Weatherford
Participants will engage in the creation of their very own “What Do You Stand For?” mural installation where they will utilize collage art to create a community art project that illustrates unity. Participants will draw, color and paste pictures onto shoe cutouts to create a collaborative community piece.

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: “Screen Print the Dream” with Macfly Fresh Printing Co.
Create screen printed posters and additional items inspired by the day’s themes and our exhibitions. Available while supplies last.

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Clean Slate 101- An Expungement Information Session 
Mecklenburg Council of Elders and leaders from the criminal justice field will hold an informative panel discussion on what charges can be expunged, the value of expungement, as well as what the community can do to support formerly incarcerated community members. Followed by a Q&A session.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.: Musical Performance – Quentin Talley and the Soul Providers
An Afro futuristic soul and funk journey celebrating history and the fight for justice and freedom.

11:30 and 12:30 p.m.: Art + Words with Shane of Guerilla Poets
Artful letter writing to justice involved youth.

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.: Youth Roundtable and Action Session – Be More Foundation
Interactive activities led by the students of the Be More Foundation. Students will investigate inequities in incarceration and housing through the lens of the legacy and impact of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X.

1:30 – 3:00 p.m.: Faith in Action: Revolutionary and Radical Love
An interfaith panel from our region will discuss the current landscape of faith-based responses to 21st Century social justice issues and how we can further the dream of Martin Luther King, Jr. Moderated by Minister, Author and Poet deAngelo Dia. Panelists include George Dunlap, Rabbi Judy Schindler, Calvin Simmons, Tim Nicodemus and Wafa Omran-Elhindi.

1:45 – 2:00 p.m.: Spoken Word Performance with Boris “Bluz” Rogers
Award-winning poet and host, Bluz, joins us to share a poem inspired by the themes of the day.

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.: Poetry and Performance Workshop with Boris “Bluz” Rogers
Classroom participants will learn how Bluz finds inspiration for his spoken and written poetic pieces and will practice performing their work.

2:30 and 4:30 p.m.: Musical Performance – Kenya Templeton
Jazz and Soul vocalist will weave history and emotion into her musical and storytelling performance.

3:15 – 4:15 p.m.: Theatrical Performance
Scene preview of BNS Production’s presentation of August Wilson’s “Fences” and audience talk-back.

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January 20
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Harvey B. Gantt Center at Levine Center for the Arts
551 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202 United States