Charlotte mayor declares May 8 'Anthony Hamilton Day'

May 8 is officially ‘Anthony Hamilton Day,’ in Charlotte. 

Mayor Vi Lyles made the announcement at Harding High School, Hamilton’s alma mater. This comes days before Hamilton is set to receive the key to the city.

Hamilton’s voice soared through the high school auditorium Wednesday afternoon. It was there that the Grammy award winning singer/songwriter and producer came from.

“It feels good to be home and celebrate the school and history, and be a part of it,” Hamilton said. 

He graduated from Harding in 1991, and now, he’s now a member of North Carolina’s Music Hall of Fame.

“You can rise above anything any hurdle, any obstacle. I did it,” Hamilton told students. 

Moving to the music, the band played as Hamilton belted out a tune.

“Regardless of the level of success and fame he’s achieved he’s continued to be humble and come back to and give back to the great City of Charlotte,” Mayor Lyles said. 

The Charlotte native is known for giving back through volunteering and city leaders want to say thank you.

“Now, I, Vi Lyles proclaim May 8, 2019 as ‘Anthony Hamilton Day’ in Charlotte, and ask everyone to stand and honor and celebrate him today.” 

Hamilton will receive the key to the Queen City on May 13.

 “It’s a great feeling, and if it weren’t for this soil I wouldn’t be the man or entertainer I am,” Hamilton said. 

His main message to Harding High School students is this: “Dig deep. Become a better you. Rise above any situation, it’s just temporary, and success is yours and comes with hard work, but its ok.”

A father of six himself, Hamilton is a real role model for young kids.

“I want to let you all know that you’re worthy of greatness and its yours. Think wisely, carefully and keep dreaming. I love you all and I’m proud to be here and be a part of Harding’s history.”

Hamilton will perform at Charlotte's SHOUT Festival at Romare Bearden park Thursday night.