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.

UNCMLK2017 Schedule of Events

Full Schedule coming in December 2016


Sunday, January 15, 2017

University/Community Annual MLK Banquet
Location: Friday Center for Continuing Education
6:00PM
Tickets: $30
To purchase tickets or for additional information, please contact diversity celebrations co-coordinator, Cameron Congleton, at cconglet@live.unc.edu.

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.

Monday, January 16, 2017

MLK Day of Service 5K – “The Time is Now”

Carolina R.O.C.T.S. (Rejuvenating Our Community Through Service) will sponsor its 14th 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 Faith Danielle Hedgepeth Scholarship created by the American Indian Center in collaboration with Alpha Pi Omega Sorority Inc., Phi Sigma Nu, Fraternity, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., and the Carolina Indian Circle. Faith was an indomitable spirit and part of the DMA family, we are so excited to honor her legacy of commitment to the Tar Heel community.

To learn more about ROCTS and the Day of Service agenda and activities please visit rocts.web.unc.edu


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

Location: Franklin Street and First Baptist Church, Chapel Hill
9:00AM
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
7:30PM
Tickets: Free but requires reservation

For group tickets a or will call options, please email diversity celebrations co-coordinator, Jay Peterkin at mlk@unc.edu.

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).

More information about the speaker coming soon.

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