MLK Holiday Celebration

Honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

McCrorey YMCA - MLK Holiday Celebration




Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said: “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”

The MLK Holiday Celebration is the McCrorey YMCA’s cornerstone event. Rich with tradition, it is the area’s largest MLK Day observance and has grown to welcome more than 1200 attendees. Since 1993, the annual event has engaged a diverse audience of Charlotteans who come together to honor Dr. King’s spirit of service. The celebration features nationally acclaimed keynote speakers who interact and promote thoughtful, socially-conscious discussion among business professionals, civic leaders and service-minded citizens.

Founded in 1936 as the Second Street YMCA, the McCrorey YMCA is the second oldest YMCA in Charlotte and was the first African-American YMCA in the area. We have a strong tradition of delivering programs, services and events that build relationships and enhance quality of life in Charlotte’s Northwest Corridor. The McCrorey YMCA honors Dr. King’s legacy every day, taking an active role in strengthening our community and giving kids, teens and adults the opportunity to build brighter futures through healthy mind, body and spirit. 

Together with our sponsors, members, volunteers and community partners, the McCrorey YMCA strives to strengthen our dynamic, culturally vibrant and historic West End community. Your investment in this event provides kids, adults and families in Charlotte’s Northwest Corridor access to life-changing YMCA programming that empowers young people to reach their full potential, improves academic outcomes and promotes health and well-being for all.

Photo: Bob Adelman. Courtesy Library of Congress.