Anthony Hamilton has paid homage to his hometown of Charlotte through his lyrics, and he’s known for showing kindness and giving back to those in need through volunteering and monetary donations. Now city leaders want to say thank you.
Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles will officially declare May 8 as “Anthony Hamilton Day” in the Queen City on Wednesday, May 8 at 11 a.m. during a special ceremony at Harding University High School, Hamilton’s alma mater. He graduated from Harding in 1991. Several city council members are scheduled to speak at the event including: Councilwoman LaWana Mayfield (D-3), Councilman Larken Egleston (D-1) and Councilman James Mitchell, Jr. (At-Large). Hamilton will also deliver a message of inspiration to students. Harding’s band and chorus will perform at the event as well.
On Monday, May 13 at 6 p.m., the “King of Soul” will receive the key to the city from Mayor Lyles and the Charlotte City Council during their regularly scheduled meeting at the Government Center in Uptown.
The North Carolina Music Hall of Fame inductee most recently received the Order of the Hornet—Mecklenburg County’s highest award—during the Board of County Commissioners public meeting last month.
Hamilton will be performing at Charlotte Shout’s celebration in honor of the city’s 250th anniversary on Thursday, May 9 at Romare Bearden Park. Tickets are still available at charlotteshout.com. He is expected to release a new album in the coming months.