Celebrate MLK Day with these 5 Events


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a special day for the city of Wilmington. Dr. King was scheduled to travel to Wilmington for a speech on the day he was assassinated. Wilmington honors his memory with a week of events dedicated to him and his work ending with Monday’s parade.

January 14th

Annual Banquet Reception

Hotel Ballast Wilmington, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, 301 N Water St, Wilmington, NC 28401, USA | 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM | Details

Keynote Speaker: N.C. Commerce Sec. Machelle Baker Sanders. Master of Ceremonies: Orlando Jones

January 15th

MLK Fun Day

MLK Community Center, 401 S. 8th Street, Wilmington | 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Details

Head to the MLK Community center for a day of activities refreshments and fun

Speak Ya Peace Poetry Jam

20 Wrights Alley Wilmington North Carolina Wilmington, 28401 | 6:00 - 9:00 PM | Details

Come out for 2022′s MLK week as we commemorate the legendary Dr. King with poets from all over the Wilmington area as they come out to share their stories and creativity express themselves.

Drumline Live

UNCW Kenan Auditorium 515 Wagoner Drive Wilmington, NC 28403 | 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Details

Riveting rhythms, bold beats, and ear-grabbing energy

DRUMLine Live is an international tour based on the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) marching band tradition. With riveting rhythms, bold beats, and ear-grabbing energy, this stage show is a synchronized musical showcase of the HBCU experience. DRUMLine Live Incorporates original compositions and soul-infused interpretations of top 40 hits. Group performances range from colorful, choreographed routines to heavy doses of drum riffs and cadences. “Taking us on a journey through the timeline of music directly responsible for our modern drumlines, the cast begins with a scene of brightly garbed drummers, entertaining us with African drums and tribal dances, giving us the message right from the start that this wasn’t a concert where anyone could be anything but titillated to the extremes of their sensibilities.”- The Nashville Examiner

January 17th

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade and Commemoration

Parade starts on N Third Street from Hanover to Princess Streets Wilmington, NC 28401 | 11 AM - 2 PM | Details

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