MOORESVILLE – The Mooresville Community Alliance will recognize 15 students from the Mooresville Graded School District as Pillars of Hope at the MLK Day of Unity Community Breakfast.

Celebrating children comes naturally with honoring King’s legacy, said Eduardo Haynes, board chairman of the alliance.

“Children are the bridge that brings everyone together,” Haynes said. “Everyone wants to support a child.”

Principals selected 15 middle and high school students as Pillars of Hope in three categories: academic integrity, community service, and sports and involvement.

The event features a performance by Mooresville High School’s honors chorus and remarks from The Rev. Jacotron Potts, of Park Ministries, about entrepreneurship and believing in yourself.

Last year’s breakfast served about 200 people. The free breakfast is made possible through sponsorship with Ted’s Famous Chicken Restaurant, as well as support from the school system.

Doors open for breakfast at 8 a.m. Jan. 21 at Mooresville Intermediate School, 1438 Coddle Creek Hwy. The program follows at 8:30 a.m.

Other events commemorating King’s legacy across the Charlotte region are as follows:

Jan. 19

• HOLIDAY PARADE: The City of Charlotte holds a parade at 11 a.m. along North Tryon Street from 9th Street to Stonewall Street in Charlotte. It features high school marching bands, steppers, service organizations and community leaders.



Jan. 21

• PRAYER BREAKFAST: The H.L. McCrorey Family YMCA presents its 19th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast at 8 a.m. at the Charlotte Convention Center’s Crown Ballroom, 501 S. College St., Charlotte. Doors open at 7:15 a.m. Tickets cost $45 and are available at www.ez-tixx.com.

• CIVIL RIGHTS LECTURE: Bob Zellner talks about his experiences in a lecture titled after his 2008 memoir, “The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement,” at 11 a.m. in Davidson College’s Alvarez College Union, 207 Faculty Place, Davidson. Zellner got involved in the civil rights movement after graduating in 1961 from Huntingdon College in Alabama. He was the first white southerner to serve as field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Details: 704-894-2225.

• FIRESIDE CHAT: Bob Zellner fields questions concerning his experiences as a civil rights activist 1:30-2:45 p.m. in Davidson College’s Alvarez College Union, 207 Faculty Place, Davidson. Details: 704-894-2225.

• DOCUMENTARY: Davidson College graduate Peter Carolla presents his documentary, “The One Who Builds,” 1:30-2:45 p.m. in the Alvarez College Union, 207 Faculty Place, Davidson. The documentary, filmed in Greensboro, focuses on Omer, a former Sudanese refugee. Omer earned his American citizenship and is “paying it forward” as the founder and director of a refugee resettlement organization. Details: 704-894-2225.

• SPOKEN WORD: Davidson College’s “Free Word” spoken word club brings to life the historic voices of social justice through poetic expression 3-4:45 p.m. in the Alvarez College Union, 207 Faculty Place, Davidson. Details: 704-894-2225.

• IMMIGRATION SEMINAR: Laura Cahue, of the South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center, discusses the contributions of young people across South Carolina toward a comprehensive immigration reform bill 3-4:45 p.m. in Davidson College’s Alvarez College Union, 207 Faculty Place, Davidson. Details: 704-894-2225.

Jan. 22

• MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY: Children celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by learning about the history and culture of this celebration 11:15-11:45 a.m. and 2:15-2:45 p.m. at Discovery Place Kids, 105 Gilead Road, Huntersville. They’ll also participate in a hands-on activity and hear the story, “The Crayon Box That Talked.” Admission costs $8. Details: 704-372-6261, ext. 300, or www.discoveryplacekids.org.