Observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Greensboro

posted on January 16, 2019 by Amy Scott

Greensboro Celebrates the Life & Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Join Greensboro as we commemorate what King stood for with our community before, during and after MLK day these community activities and events. Note that the events listed are from 2019.

MLK Shabbat Service

Friday, January 18, 7:30 pm
Temple Emanuel, 1129 Jefferson Rd

Join the Temple Emanuel congregation for their annual MLK Shabbat service featuring inspirational music that will certainly ensure a memorable evening. The service is designed not only to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but also to reach out and facilitate dialogue. Guest speaker will be Bishop James Woodson, II, Senior Pastor of St. James Home of Fresh Start. Service includes stirring music, spoken word, a diverse choir from Kernodle Middle School, and Temple Emanuel choir songs by T. Dianne Bellamy-Small.

More information here.

Children’s Hour

Saturday, January 19, 11:00 am
International Civil Rights Center & Museum, 134 S Elm St

The ICRCM Children’s Hour celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  • 11:00 am Story Hour “Happy Birthday Martin Luther King”
  • 11:30 – 12:00 pm “Building Our Dreams” activity
  • 12:00 – 1:30 pm Movie with Friends “My Friend Martin”

"My Friend Martin" Movie & Activities at Glenwood Library

Sunday, January 20, 3:00 pm
Glenwood Library, 1901 W Florida St

Celebrate the great leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and take a trip through his life in the movie “My Friend Martin.” After the movie, there will be a short discussion and related activities. This free family event is for all ages. Visit here for more information.

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast

Monday, January 21, 7:30 am
Koury Convention Center, 3121 W Gate City Blvd

The 32nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast is hosted by the Human Relations Commission in honor of Dr. King's contributions to human rights. The keynote speaker for this year’s breakfast will be Janaye Ingram, who was named one of the Female Faces of the New Civil Rights Movement by Black Entertainment Television, one of The #Woke100 by ESSENCE Magazine, and Head of Logistics for the Women’s March on Washington. The event will also feature performances by the UNCG ensemble Real Anointed Worshipers, the Gate City Youth Slam Team and more.

This event has sold out. To have your name added to the waiting list, please call Human Relations at 336-373-2038.

Martin Luther King

Jr. Day Parade

The 30th annual MLK Jr. Parade will take place on MLK Jr. Drive. The parade begins at 11 a.m. Line-up begins at 10 a.m. at the Benbow Professional Center; 2031 MLK Jr. Drive. The route stretches from Bothwell Street and ends at Gorrell Street. Organized by the NAACP Greensboro branch, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  For parade information, registration and participation, call Gwen Alston with the local branch of the NAACP at  336-327-9148 or 336-272-5779.

Parade Event Hours: 11:00am to 1:00pm

Parade Route:  Starting at Benbow Professional Building, 2031 MLK Jr. Drive and ending at MLK Jr. Drive & Gorrell St.

Day of Reflection: “Remembering the Dream”

Monday, January 21, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
International Civil Rights Center & Museum, 134 S Elm St

The ICRCM invites you to come and share in their MLK Jr. Day observance activities and programs. Experience the museum’s MLK Jr. reflective exhibit, as they celebrate his life and legacy through images and audio, including Dr. King’s 1958 Greensboro speech at Bennett College.

Featured Screening: “Black in America Since MLK – And Still I Rise”

  • First Viewing: 12:00 pm
  • Second Viewing: 3:00 pm

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Monday, January 21, 10:30 am- 1:00 pm
Four Seasons Town Centre

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is considered a National Day of Service, encouraging people to “make it a day on, not a day off!”  Join The Volunteer Center of Greensboro for their signature event designed to bring people from all over Guilford County together to complete service projects benefiting local nonprofit organizations and to learn about the many ways to serve throughout the year. Click here for more information.

UNCG presents MLK Day at Greensboro Swarm

Monday, January 21, 1:00 pm
The Coliseum Fieldhouse, 1921 W Gate City Blvd

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., UNC Greensboro is teaming up with the Greensboro Swarm for a special afternoon of basketball and remembrance.

The Greensboro Swarm, the NBA G League affiliate team of the Charlotte Hornets, will face off against the Canton Charge. UNCG Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam Jr. will serve as the Swarm’s honorary captain. Tip-off for the game is at 2:00 pm

Throughout the game, free UNCG swag will be given out to fans, and attendees wearing blue and gold will have the opportunity to participate in on-court contests.

For more information visit here. Purchase tickets at gsoswarm.com.

MLK Jr. Day Interfaith Worship Service

Monday, January 21, 12:00 pm
St. James Presbyterian Church, 820 Ross Ave

Come and celebrate with the community at St. James Presbyterian Church’s 14th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Event. The powerful speaker is Rev. Racquel Gill of South Carolina and the Bennett College Choir. A free lunch will follow this event.

Martin L. King Jr. Celebration: “Injustice Anywhere is Injustice Everywhere”

Wednesday, January 23, 7:00 pm
UNCG Auditorium, 408 Tate St

Author and community activist Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz, will serve as the keynote speaker for the seventh annual joint Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, presented by UNC Greensboro and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (A&T).

In addition to Shabazz’s keynote address, the evening program will feature a performance by the UNCG Neo-Black Society Choir, a presentation of UNCG’s MLK Service Award, and a performance by A&T’s MLK Oratory Contest winner. A meet-and-greet and book signing with Shabazz will follow the program. The event is free and open to the public. Click here for more information.

No matter how you choose to celebrate MLK Day in Greensboro this year, pause and take a moment of gratitude for those who fought to end oppression. Then, do something to continue their legacy.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on campus at Bennett College being interviewed by the Bennett Belles in 1958.