Food Lion Presents: MLK Day Celebration The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
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Food Lion Presents: MLK Day Celebration The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
Food Lion Presents: MLK Day Celebration
Free  .  Monday, January 21st, 9:00a - 5:00p

Food Lion Presents: MLK Day Celebration

Free  .  Monday, January 21st, 9:00a - 5:00p
Endorsed by Tess Howard

Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. Explore issues of economic equity with panel discussions, art-making workshops, guided tours, film screenings and more.

""...Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed."

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Bring the family and celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Gantt Center. We will open at 9:00 AM and explore issues of economic equity with panel discussions, art-making workshops, guided tours, film screenings and more.

The MLK Day Celebration is proudly sponsored by Food Lion.

Schedule of Programs

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Galleries Open

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Drop-In Art-Making Activity

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM – Film, "Our Friend, Martin"

In this family friendly film two friends travel through time, meeting Dr. King at several points during his life. This 60-minute animated film is rated G for general audiences.

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – Performance by Mary D. Williams

Singer, Educator, and Historian Mary D. Williams brings a wealth of knowledge and deep soul sounds that stir the spirit and enlighten the mind. Join Ms. Williams as she takes us on a musical journey through African-American culture and history. Ms. William weaves stories and songs from field songs and spirituals to hymns and freedoms songs.

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Freedom Fighters Screen Printing

Create your own M.L.K (Muhammad, Lumumba, King) posters inspired by freedom fighters Muhammad Ali, Patrice Lumumba and Dr. King.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Town Hall – Community Responses to Economic and Social Mobility in Charlotte

In connection with our "For Freedoms" exhibition we have invited members of the community to respond to the work being done to address Charlotte's lack of social and economic mobility. We will explore the question of what equity looks like in our workplaces and our classrooms. Community participants will have the opportunity to share concerns, suggestions, and questions as well as participate in an interactive community art response on the subject of equity.

RSVP for Community Town Hall: https://bit.ly/2CI55HO

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Writing & Performance Workshop with Poet Jay Ward

RSVP to Writing & Performance Workshop: https://bit.ly/2SuIhAS

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Performance by Mary D. Williams

Singer, Educator, and Historian Mary D. Williams brings a wealth of knowledge and deep soul sounds that stir the spirit and enlighten the mind. Join Ms. Williams as she takes us on a musical journey through African-American culture and history. Ms. William weaves stories and songs from field songs and spirituals to hymns and freedoms songs.

1:30 PM – 4:30 PM – Dear Dr. King – Hands-on Art-making

Letter writing and art making inspired by Dr. King and his work.

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM – Sycamore Dance Company Performance

Sycamore Dance Company reminds us of the freedoms we have and still fight for through this powerful dance performance.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM – Panel: Economic Equity in North Carolina

Join leaders from the faith, non-profit, and grassroots sectors as we explore the current state of wages, quality of life, and more here in Charlotte.

Panelists- Reverend Frederick Robinson of MeckMin, Cesar Leyva of Raising Wages, and Tchernavia Montgomery of Crisis Assistance Ministry

RSVP to Economic & Equity Panel: https://bit.ly/2ThOe47"

Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture

The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S Tryon St
Charlotte, NC 28202
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Monday, January 21st, 9:00a - 5:00p
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