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2014 Martin Luther King Day Activities in Charlotte span the weekend

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The 85th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. fell on January 15, 2014, but the celebration continues through Monday the 20th.

The Harvey B. Gantt Center will present 2 days of family focused workshops, films and speakers. "The Question Bridge Blueprint Roundtable", presented by Compass Group, takes place on Friday, January 17, 2014 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Knight Theatre, 430 S. Tryon St. There is no charge for admission but you must RSVP.

Local Black men will hold a dialogue around the following question posed by younger participants in the Question Bridge program: "Why didn't you leave us a blueprint?" The discussion will be moderated by Joseph Butler, host of WGIV's “Start Something.”

The Gantt Center’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration continues on Monday, January 20, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 551 S. Tryon St. Admission is free, but a $5 donation is suggested.

Events open with “An Interactive Exchange with The Possibility Project”, a program with 60 teens which encourages development of our next generation of leaders. A Mentoring Fair follows, and “Buttons and Protest Signs: A Drop-in Crafts Workshop” will offer families the chance to create their own keepsakes. A film screening, “The Fade”, looks at life from the point of view of 4 barbers from Ghana, London, Jamaica and New Jersey.

Finally the “Question Bridge” discussion, a conversation between multiple generations of Black male youth and adults. Visit the Gantt Center Website for admission details.

The Levine Museum of the New South offers free admission for 2 days of events on January 19 and 20, 2014 at 200 E. 7th Street.

The schedule of activities for Sunday includes a 1 pm film screening of “The Abolitionists”, which explores the lives of Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Brown and Angelina Grimké. Following a story time session and a musical interlude, a 3 pm showing of “Freedom Riders” narrates the dangerous1961 civil rights challenge to segregation in the South.

Monday’s highlights include film shows “The Children's March”, documenting the role of children in the 1963 Birmingham Campaign, and “Viva La Causa”, about how César Chávez and Dolores Huerta led exploited farm workers in a campaign for human rights. Sunprint workshop artist Annabel Manning will conduct a couple of sessions. The Sycamore Project, McCrorey YMCA African drumming group and Praise Dance, and the Davidic Praise Dance St. Paul's will perform. Darrell Cook will reenact speeches by Dr. King. Visit the Museum of the New South website for details.



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