Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend

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The Annual MLK Dream Day Parade in Cabarrus County, this is going to be one of the largest single-day multicultural events in the Charlotte Metro area. Held in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. the MLK Dream Day Parade involves the assembly of a variety of dignitaries, dance and cheer teams, bands, College, school marching bands, and corporate and civic organizations from across the area. Please come out on January 13th, set up your lawn chairs by 10 AM and enjoy.

In 2022, the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers and Atrium Ball Park opened its gates for the Annual MLK Dream Day. Dream Day is designated to Keep the Dream of Dr Martin Luther King Jr and his principles in the forefront of our mind, heart, and soul. This year’s quote and theme is: Unarmed Truth & Unconditional Love: That’s What Dreams Are Made Of… Dream Day  presents innovative, entertaining, and signature events that commemorates the life and legacy of the civil rights icon. This celebration seeks to promote the individual value and potential of all people in order to endorse excellence, create awareness, eliminate poverty, eradicate racism, and violence within our communities. This year, we will host a free African American Business Expo, Health & Wellness Fair, Non-Profit organization Fair in the Laureate Center and the Community Art Project, Kids Zone, and community fish fry in the Loop. This year we are introducing the HBCU Information Fair, where college representatives will have information available to prospective students in the vestibule of the Laureate Center.  We also will host a community service project entitled, Stuff the Bus! All you must do is bring can goods to Dream Day and receive a free hot fish sandwich! We look forward to seeing you at 11 am at Atrium Ball Park home of the Cannon Ballers.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Keeper of the Dream Award recognizes persons in the Cabarrus County Community who demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and exemplify Dr. King’s dream in practice. We spotlight our neighbors from all walks of life that champion civil rights efforts and strive to raise awareness of injustices and create avenues for positive change, through non-violent means. Whether through business practices, faith work, community activism or philanthropy, they advocate for change and seek to serve the underserved and disadvantaged in our county. They Keep the Dream Alive!

This year’s Keeper of the Dream Awards Banquet will be held at 3pm on Sunday January 14th 2024 in the City Club of Gibson Mill, located at 325 McGill Ave. NW Ste 150, Concord, NC 28027. Please come out and help us honor those who work diligently to make life better for all.


On Monday, January 15, 2024 at 11:00 AM, there will be a Family March & Wreath Laying Ceremony. The march will begin at Barber Scotia College and end at the MLK Monument in the roundabout in Concord.  
All are welcome to join us! 

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