UNC plans MLK Day banquet and lectures on campus next week

Next Monday, January 17, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday commemorating the birthday of the civil rights leader.

Here are some events taking place on campus next week to honor and celebrate his legacy.

MLK Memorial Banquet

On January 16, the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion is hosting the 37th Annual University and MLK Community Banquet.

The banquet includes a discussion with keynote speaker Elmira Mangum, who previously served as president of Florida A&M University and was the first woman to hold that position on a permanent basis. The event will also include a high school and college scholarship awards ceremony, the Bridge Builders Award and the Citizenship Award.

Local musicians from the Triangle will perform at the banquet. It will start at 6 p.m. and will take place virtually. Tickets can be purchased on the event website.

In an emailed statement, Equity and Inclusion Vice-President Leah Cox underscored the importance of events held in King’s honor.

“Now is the time for all of us to come together, as faculty, staff and students, as well as members of the community, to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy, said Cox. “… These are occasions for the entire Carolina community to celebrate ours, as they exemplify the sense of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging that Dr. King envisioned. “

MLK Conference and Awards Ceremony

The MLK Conference and Awards Ceremony will be held in person on January 19 starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Students’ Union.

The event will feature a virtual talk by keynote speaker LaTosha Brown, co-founder of the Black Voters Matter Fund and the Black Voters Matter Capacity Building Institute. The MLK UNC scholarship for UNC juniors and the MLK Unsung Hero Awards for two members or groups of the UNC community will also be presented at the ceremony.

“It is important to continue to learn from leaders in diversity, equity and inclusion through our conferences and to share our efforts to bring social justice and service to our community,” said Cox. “Carolina has proudly led many of these efforts for over half a century.”

Students can register for tickets online using their OneCard.

MLK Student Service Day

Throughout the month of February, students can participate in the MLK Jr. Day Service Project by participating in a book drive and writing letters to inmates.

The service project is hosted by the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of Student Life and Leadership.

New or slightly used books can be donated at boxes located in the student union or in the lobby of SASB North, and letters can be submitted online until February 28.

Other events include a screening of the film “Just Mercy” on January 17th and a cultural wrap-up show on January 21st. The final dates and times of these events will be announced online.

“Attending these bridge building events brings our community together in a way that civil rights activists would be proud of,” Cox said.

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