Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

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UNC’s MLK Jr. Celebration is part of a campus-wide initiative to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his legacy, and his ideals. Carolina began its  celebrations of Dr. King’s life and legacy in 1983, long before there was a federal holiday. UNC is the only university ever awarded the “Making of the King Holiday Award” by the former MLK Federal Holiday Commission.  UNC-CH engages in honoring King’s legacy through several efforts: MLK Celebration and Committee; MLK University and Community Corporation; Day of Service, and the UNC MLK Scholarship Program for UNC juniors.

UNCMLK2016 Schedule of Events

Sunday, January 17, 2016

University/Community Annual MLK Banquet
Location: Friday Center for Continuing Education
Tickets: $30
To purchase tickets or for additional information, please contact diversity celebrations co-coordinator, Cameron Congleton, at

The week begins with the thirty-first annual University/Community Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Banquet and Award Presentation hosted by the MLK Jr. Corporation in partnership with UNC Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. The MLK University/Community Planning Corporation, a non-profit group founded in 1993, raises scholarship funds for high school students in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Orange County and UNC students who work to improve the quality of life for everyone in the community. Each year, the Corporation also honors citizens in “recognition of enduring service to humanity by word and by deed” through the Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Citizenship Awards.

Dr. Rosalind Fuse-Hall will deliver the keynote at the University/Community Banquet. The 17th president of Bennett College, a historically black liberal arts college for women founded in 1873, Fuse-Hall has over 25 years as a hands-on teacher and mentor. Fuse-Hall’s journey in higher education has included directing Title III programs and serving as an associate dean at UNC-CH, and corporate secretary at the UNC-GA. She comes from a family of educators. Her mother and five aunts were teachers. She is married to Dr. Jarvis Hall, a political science professor at North Carolina Central University, and her daughter, Ifetoya Hall, who is a 2013 graduate of UNC, is a teacher with Teach for America, working in Texas.

Monday, January 18, 2016

MLK Day of Service 5K – “The Time is Now”
Location: Old Well on Cameron Avenue
Registration: $15

Carolina R.O.C.T.S. (Rejuvenating Our Community Through Service) will sponsor its 13th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day for Service. This opportunity allows individuals and groups to participate in projects at various locations in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area. This event is co-sponsored by Fleet Feet, the Department of Housing and Residential Education and Diversity and Multicultural Affairs along with the generous support of the Parents Council Grant program.

In keeping with Dr. King’s bridge-building work, the fundraiser will benefit the Deah Barakat and Yusor Abu-Salha Memorial Award created by UNC and the Dental Foundation of North Carolina (DFNC) to honor the memory of our former students and their legacy of service. The award will provide funds to a UNC School of Dentistry student or group of students who plan a local, national, or international project that will give back to communities that need help the most.

To learn more about the Barakat Memorial Fund, please visit To learn more about ROCTS and the Day of Service agenda and activities please visit

MLK Day Rally, March and Worship Services – “Building on Yesterdays Dream”

Location: Franklin Street and First Baptist Church, Chapel Hill
Registration: Open to All

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro and UNC-CH chapters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will sponsor its annual Martin L. King Jr. Day Rally, March and Worship Service. Meet for the rally at 9:00 a.m. and then join our march down Franklin Street. The march will end at First Baptist Church. At 11:00, the church service at Historic First Baptist Church (106 North Roberson Street, Chapel Hill NC) will commence. There will also be choir performances and a brief ceremony honoring those who have served in our community.

MLK Celebration Keynote and Awards
Location: Memorial Hall
Tickets: Free but requires reservation

For group tickets a or will call options, please email diversity celebrations co-coordinator, Jay Peterkin at

The lecture provides an opportunity to hear from national thought leaders on the importance of social justice, unity, action, and/or service.  Additionally, the Keynote Lecture program will also include two special presentations: MLK Scholarships (awarded to a college junior) and MLK Unsung Hero Awards (awarded to an UNC staff person or department or a community/corporate entity).

The keynote address will be delivered by academic, journalist, author, activist and television personality Dr. Marc Lamont Hill. Dr. Hill is Distinguished Professor of African American Studies at Morehouse College. The BET News host and political contributor for CNN comes to Carolina with a robust media career that has included hosting of the nationally syndicated “Our World with Black Enterprise” television program, and Huff Post Live. Dr. Hill has received numerous prestigious awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, GLAAD, and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

A Workshop on Anti-Blackness: Race Capitalism and Settler Colonialism
Location:  Campus Y, Room 209
Tickets/Registration: Open to All
Event Page:

Activist and co-founder of the North Carolina based Muslims for Social Justice, Manzoor Cheema and spoken word artist and activist, June Beshea will be the featured panelists leading a discussion on confronting anti-Blackness in our communities and educational spaces, where this is often internalized and perpetuated. This discussion will focus on the ideas behind anti-Blackness and why it’s important to discuss it. Additionally, we will bring in themes of indigenous genocide and settler colonialism, the prison-industrial complex and contemporary dealings with these broad issues. This event is sponsored by Student Government and Asian Students Association.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Whose Shoes am I walking in?
Location: Campus Y, Queen Anne Lounge
Tickets/Registration: Open to All
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Co-Curricular Leadership Program Coordinator with Student Life and Leadership at Carolina, Kate Kryder will lead this event. The event will include a privilege walk demonstration in order to identify certain privileges and their implications in today’s society. “Whose Shoes am I Walking in?” will also include breakout sessions facilitated by representatives from Student Life and Leadership. The event is free and open to the public. This program is co-sponsored by Carolina Union Activities Board, UNC Hillel, and Disability Advocates.

Thursday, January 21, 2016


What’s an All-American Muslim?
Location: Carolina Student Union Auditorium
Tickets/Registration: Open to All
Event Page:

Suehaila Amen, cast member of TLC’s “All-American Muslim” and internationally renowned speaker, will lead a discussion about the experiences of Muslims in America, especially in a post-9/11 era. She will also speak about what we can do to be leaders in our communities and how we can bring others together. “It’s important that we look beyond societal labels in order to build a strong and engaged community.”- Suehaila Amen. This program is co-sponsored by Campus Y, Muslim Students Associations and the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Outreach in the Student Government.

Friday, January 22, 2016


I Have A Dream Campaign: Our Collage of Dreams
Location: Carolina Student Union Gallery
Tickets/Registration: Open to All
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The “I Have A Dream Campaign” exhibition opens at the Student Union Gallery. The exhibition will be in its second installment of the annual campaign and will debut photographs of UNC students articulating their dreams and aspirations for the future. The exhibition will pose as a celebration of the collective capacity of UNC students to be agents of positive change. It is meant to provoke and to inspire the audience to consider their own sense of purpose while allowing them to appreciate the diversity of dreams that exists at UNC. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Parking will be available near the Davis ATMs. Please RSVP to

Sunday, January 24, 2016


Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till
Location: Stone Center Auditorium
Tickets/Registration: Open to All
Event Page:

The UNC community gathers to experience Mike Wiley’s one-man production of Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till. The story takes place in 1955, when the 14-year-old black youth stepped off the train from Chicago and into the Missippi Delta — a world he could never understand. This riveting play chronicles the murder, trial, and unbelievable confession of the men accused of Till’s lynching. Mike Wiley will lead a discussion following the show, drawing parallels between the race related tragedies of today, and the color lines and class systems that led to the gruesome fate of Emmett Till. Following the discussion will be a reception in the John Hitchcock Room. This program is co-sponsored by the Black Student Movement, Carolina Woman’s Center and the Campus Y.

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