Charlotte Community Honors and Remembers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. During Virtual Events

CHARLOTTE, NC – A unique and unforgettable Martin Luther King Jr. Day happened online due to the pandemic. In Charlotte, organizations moved their events and services to a virtual setting, still encouraging people to live with King’s message of unity.

“Dr. King once said, We must learn to live together as brothers or perish as fools. today is the time to recognize the power of a unified community,” said Reginald Bean, the VP of Coca Cola Consolidated. He was speaking during a virtual event for the local YMCA.

The YMCA of Greater Charlotte held a panel discussion with music and performances.

Habitat for Humanity kicked off a “Beloved Community” build that aims to transform neighborhoods through diversity.

“Especially during these times its important to find the ways that you can keep that hope burning within you,” said Afeni Grace, the program coordinator at the Harvey B Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture.

“On the beautiful side of that, we were able to reach people who weren’t just local. We were able to reach people all over the country,” said Grace.

She says the day is one for people to step away and reflect.

“It allowed people to listen to music, hear stories, hear words form community leaders, create with their hands,”explained Grace.

With the message of hope and unity, Grace says she wants everyone who experienced the events to live Dr. King’s words beyond just today.

“We carry this to influence how we treat other people on n a daily basis. Influence how we view the world on a daily basis,” said Grace.