Martin Luther King Holiday Breakfast In Uptown Charlotte (Gallery)
What an amazing day to celebrate the civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in uptown Charlotte, NC. I attended the McCrorey YMCA Annual Breakfast in honor of King. And what an honor it was to see so many local icon movers and shakers. From the Bishop Claude Alexander of mega church University Park to one of Charlotte’s community leaders recognized for his 40+ years engaged in diversity and inclusion efforts at the McCrorey Y.
The West Charlotte High School drum line kicked off the event with a 5-minute performance. Drummers showed off their precision and coordination skills marching on and then off the stage.
The breakfast, now in its 30th year, has grown over the years. Organizers say it started as a prayer breakfast with hopes of 600 in attendance. This year is more than doubled that number with some 1400 people sharing the spirit of Dr. King at the Charlotte Convention Center.
I was especially impressed by the McCrorey Y’s rich history. It was founded in 1936 as was named the Second Street YMCA. The McCrorey YMCA is the second oldest YMCA in Charlotte and was the first African-American YMCA in the area.
Take a look at some of the photos in which we all shared the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr on his special day.