Martin Luther King Jr

Local News
5:50 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

MLK Day: Two Generations Asked To Seek Change

Program for the 21st annual Martin Luther King Day prayer breakfast held by the McCrorey Family YMCA
Credit Courtesy of the Mcrorey Family YMCA

Benjamin Jealous, a former leader of the NAACP, spent the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in Charlotte. He spoke at two events, each representing a different generation.

Jealous began his morning at the Crown Ballroom at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. It was the site of the 21st annual Martin Luther King prayer breakfast, sponsored by the YMCA.

The crowd of more than 1,000 bowed their heads as Dr. Rodney Sadler began the invocation.

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Sunday Headlines
9:43 am
Sun January 18, 2015

King Remembered With Parade, Interfaith Service, Other Events

Hundreds of marchers, from high school bands to dancers to community leaders, marched through uptown Charlotte in Saturday in the annual Martin Luther King Day Parade.  The parade was part of a weekend full of events for the King Day Holiday.

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Charlotte Observer
10:24 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Dr. King's Estate Suing Family Of His Former Secretary

During Martin Luther King's rise in Montgomery, few people were closer to him than Maude Ballou. She was his personal secretary during the upheaval of the Montgomery bus boycott, helped him write his first book and moved with him and his family to Atlanta in 1960.
Credit T. Ortega Gains - 2009 Charlotte Observer File Photo

  Cardboard boxes lay scattered through Maude Ballou’s home off Statesville Avenue on Tuesday, packed with memories of her 87 years.

But as she prepared to leave Charlotte, it’s other possessions that have put her and her family at the center of a lawsuit by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s estate.

In 1955, Ballou was King’s secretary in Montgomery, Ala., and moved with his family to Atlanta in 1960. Along the way King – and even Rosa Parks – gave her papers documenting those early days.

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