We invite you to participate in any or all of the MLK Day opportunities to worship, fellowship, and serve.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was deeply committed to serving others and helping foster a more just society. Every year, thousands of people across the United States come together to honor Dr. King through service projects, scholarship opportunities, and worship services. High Point University and the surrounding community are growing their partnership to make MLK Day a day on rather than a day off.

With over 30 volunteer opportunities, HPU provides everyone a chance to serve.

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Saturday, January 14th

1:00pm: Martin Luther King, Jr. High Point Community Parade

The Carl Chavis YMCA presents the annual MLK parade. The MLK Day parade is family friendly, entertaining, and fun opportunity for the businesses, social and community groups that make this city strong to come out and be recognized, while supporting a common cause. The parade will start on the corner of Green St. and S. Main Street and end at Qubein Ave. (formerly Montlieu) and N. Main Street.

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Monday, January 16th

8:00 AM : Breakfast & Oratorical Contest

The MLK Day Breakfast will be held in the Qubein Conference Center at High Point University. This event is sponsored by the Ministers Conference of High Point & Vicinity. Awards for the Oratorical Contest will be given at the 6:00pm service at Williams Memorial CME Church (details below).

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11:00 AM-12:30 PM: Worship Service

The High Point University MLK Day Worship Service will be held at 11am, January 16th. Music will be led by Genesis Gospel Choir and guests. See details.

6:00 PM-8:30 PM: Evening Worship Service and Oratorical Presentation at Williams Memorial CME Church

The evening service will kick off with a pre-recorded video of students presenting their speeches for the oratorical competition followed by the awarding of scholarships. The service will be live-streamed on Williams Memorial’s website.

7:00 PM-8:30 PM: 9th Annual Hunger Banquet

For the 9th consecutive year, a committee of the Bonner Leadership Program at High Point University will host a campus and community-wide Hunger Banquet in conjunction with city of High Point’s weekend celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy. The Hunger Banquet is an interactive dialogue on hunger, poverty, and socioeconomic status that increases awareness of community need and ways to become involved in alleviating hunger in our community. Following dinner, time is utilized for reflection, guided discussion, and networking.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'” Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the MLK Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President’s national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. Read more about the MLK Day of Service at