College Closed in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Virtual Events Scheduled

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivering speech to crowd

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivering his "I Have a Dream" speech at the Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Davidson College will be closed on Monday, Jan. 17, for the federal holiday honoring civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Protecting public health during the COVID-19 pandemic has once again shifted many in-person events to online offerings. And the threat of a major winter storm could alter plans for some events, so check for updates before you head out.

Here are some ways to spend the holiday:

Tune into WDAV Public Radio to hear special musical selections honoring King’s legacy throughout the day.

The YMCA of Greater Charlotte will host a virtual celebration of King’s life at 9 a.m.

The town of Davidson will hold a virtual celebration at 10 a.m.

The United Way of Central Carolinas will begin its 21-day Racial Equity challenge.

The Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte is hosting a virtual family event from 7-8 p.m., featuring spoken word, singing and dancing performances, and with an emphasis on voting rights.

The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture in Charlotte plans an in-person, free event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. “MLK Day 2022: Community Dreams will feature lectures, art workshops, performances, and panel discussions. Proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken between Friday and Monday required.

The Davidson College Admission Office will be open for campus visits. Please check the college website and social media for news of changes in college operations due to inclement weather.


  • January 14, 2022