CHARLOTTE, N.C. — LGBT groups will mark the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend with several events and opportunities for volunteer engagement.

The local Human Rights Campaign steering committee has invited LGBT community members and organizations to join it at Charlotte’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade this Saturday. A continental breakfast and coffee will be served at 8:30 a.m. at the Bcycle hub at 333 E. Trade St., where participants can sign in. The parade begins at 11 a.m. and will march down Tryon St. in Uptown.

On Sunday, HRC will provide a free screening of the critically acclaimed film “Selma.” Directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb, the film recounts the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches. The screening is at AMC Northlake, 7325 Northlake Mall Dr. Doors open at 2 p.m., where moviegoers can learn more about HRC and get refreshments before showtime at 3 p.m. Admission is free, but availability limited. Email Dianna Ward at for tickets.

Finally, on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day itself, HRC is coordinating volunteers for a day of service benefiting Time Out Youth Center and the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network.

Sponsors and participating organizations in the series of events include HRC, RAIN, Time Out Youth Center, Campus Pride, Charlotte Black Gay Pride, Equality North Carolina, the LGBT Community Center of Charlotte and the Charlotte Business Guild.

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Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.

One reply on “Charlotte LGBT groups to mark Martin Luther King holiday”

  1. Way to go, while I am a stand by the side activist, earlier notice of the plans would have allowed me to decline :) but you know what I mean. More the merrier. I may be there one day and might need advance notice.
    I found it on FB today. Thanks all, you make this paper count.

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