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; and the UNC MLK Scholarship Program for UNC juniors.
Schedule of Events
Starting Sunday, January 19, 2014, UNC will begin its Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations and observations. Join us at Carolina for our celebration of cooperatively planned events that commemorate the ideals of Martin Luther King Jr. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public. Also see our sponsors below.
Sunday, January 19
6:00 PM 29th Annual University/Community MLK Memorial Banquet, William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education (Sponsor: MLK University and Community Planning Corporation) Click here for more.
Monday, January 20
9:00 AM Rally, March, and Worship Service, Franklin Street Post Office (Hosted by: Chapel Hill-Carrboro and UNC-CH chapters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Click here for more.
7:30 PM Keynote Lecture and Awards with Hill Harper, Memorial Hall (Hosted by: Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and Carolina Union Activities Board) Click here for more. *Event is free but tickets are required and will be available beginning January 6 at memorialhall.unc.edu
9:00 PM Private Reception with Hill Harper, Gerrard Hall (Hosted by UNC Chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity)
Tuesday, January 21
7:00 PM Re/Iterations of Resistance: Moments, Martyrs, Movements Gallery Exhibit, Stone Center Gallery (Hosted by the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture & History) Click here for more. *Guests should RSVP to email@example.com or call (919)962-9001
Wednesday, January 22
7:30 PM Intersection Identities and Justice, Upendo 1119 (hosted by the LGBTQ Center, Accessibility Resources and Services, Sexuality and Gender Alliances, and Advocates for Carolina) Click here for more.
Thursday, January 23
6:00 PM “Power of One” Civil Rights and Social Justice Panel, The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture & History Hitchcock Room (hosted by UNC’s Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity chapter and the Carolina Women’s Center) Click here for more.
Friday, January 24
6:00 PM Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Free Expression Contest, Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture & History Auditorium (hosted by the Black Student Movement and UNC’s Delta Sigma Theta Sorority chapter). Click here for more.
Saturday, January 25
8:00 AM Day of Service, Volunteers will gather at the Genome Science Building (hosted by DMA’s Rejuvenating Our Community Through Service or “ROCTS”) Click here for more.
Friday, February 28
5:00 PM MLK/Black History Month Unity Dinner, Sonja Haynes Stone Center (hosted by Student Government MADO) Click here for more.
7:00 PM MLK/Black History Month Bridge Keynote featuring Dr. Cornel West, Memorial Hall (hosted by the Campus Y) Click here for more.
Full Listing and Description of MLK Celebration Events
SUNDAY, JANUARY 19, 2014
The week begins with the twenty-ninth 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.
William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education | 6:00 p.m. | $25.00
Monday, JANUARY 20 2014
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 the military.
Beginning location: Franklin Street Post Office | 9:00 am
Inspiration. 33rd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture and Presentation of 31st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship
Dr. King’s life continues to inspire people around the globe. This year’s inspirational keynote speaker is film, television, and stage actor Hill Harper. Harper is committed to helping the youth of America achieve their dreams and live their lives positively. The author of the New York Times best seller and American Library Association Award-winner for “Best Book for Youth and Teens,” Letters to a Young Brother: Manifest Your Destiny, he has dedicated himself to empowering, encouraging, and inspiring America’s underserved communities. His Manifest Your Destiny Foundation is a mentorship program which helps young men and women follow their career paths through a motivational support system. Harper’s most recent book is Letters to an Incarcerated Brother.
For the past 20 years, the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship has recognized students who have made significant contributions to improving the quality of life at Carolina. Carolina juniors who have demonstrated academic excellence are selected based on activities that show a commitment to improving the quality of life for others in the University community. Applications open annually in the Fall semester.
Memorial Hall | 7:30 pm | Event is free but tickets are required and will be available at Memorial Hall starting January 6, 2014 at memorialhall.unc.edu Note: Organizations interested in group attendance should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 2014
The Mu Zeta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the Theta Pi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will host a private dessert reception following the Memorial Lecture. Book-signing and photograph opportunities with the speaker will be available. Reservations are required.
Gerrard Hall | 9:00 pm | Sign-up list will be released on January 10
TUESDAY, JANUARY 21st 2014
This photographic exhibition features people and places in American social justice movements. Re/Iterations of Resistance: Moments, Martyrs, Movements revisits and re-evaluates important social justice moments and struggles, as well as those who made the ultimate sacrifice as martyrs to the ideals of social justice movements. The exhibition opening is free and open to the public. There is free parking behind the Stone Center in the Bell Tower parking deck.
Stone Center Gallery | Time: 7:00 pm | Please RSVP to email@example.com or 919-962-9001
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2014
This event will honor Dr. King’s legacy as it brings together the LGBTQ Center, Accessibility Resources and Services, Sexuality and Gender Alliances, and Advocates for Carolina to discuss intersecting identities, justice, and Dr. King’s impact on marginalized communities. Specifically, aiming to address issues pertaining to sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and various ability status. There will be a panel discussion with activists, educators, academics and students to discuss the lasting impact of Dr. King and the next steps of achieving justice for communities with multiple intersecting identities.
Upendo 1119 | 7:30 pm- 8:30 pm
THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 2014
The Theta Omicron Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and Carolina Women’s Center have come together to form a panel that will recognize several of Dr. King’s contemporaries from NC schools who played integral roles in helping him promote his vision. This program will provide a glance at what college life was like and what college students did to support Dr. King during the Civil Rights Movement.
Stone Center Hitchcock Room | 6:00 pm
FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 2014
In effort to foster on-campus collaboration and further advance Dr. King’s legacy, the Black Student Movement and the Kappa Omicron Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. have combined their annual individual events to create The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Free Expression Contest. This contest will give middle, high school, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students the opportunity to submit artwork or compose an oratorical piece and compete for a cash prize.
Stone Center Auditorium | 6:00 pm
Saturday, JANUARY 25, 2014
Carolina R.O.C.T.S. (Rejuvenating Our Community Through Service) will sponsor its 12th 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. To learn more about Carolina R.O.C.T.S. and to register for the event, please go to our website at rocts.web.unc.edu. Registration opens in November. Service project assignments are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Genome Science Building, Room G100 | 8:30 am | Register at rocts.web.unc.edu
Friday, FEBRUARY 28, 2014
This year’s MLK Celebration will feature an Unity Dinner and Discussion, “Then & Now: His Dream of Unity,” hosted by Student Government’s Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Outreach Committee and an inaugural MLK and Black History Month Bridge Program, “Then & Now: Race in the South,” featuring Dr. Cornel West and hosted by Campus Y on Friday, February 28. The dinner begins at 5pm at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center and the bridge keynote begins at 7pm at Memorial Hall. The bridge program is designed to allow the UNC community to continue the conversation of social justice and equity while recognizing and celebrating the history and contributions of African Americans.
Cornel West is regarded as one of America’s foremost public intellectuals on race and politics and has achieved fame in both academia and pop culture.
- Diversity and Multicultural Affairs
- Carolina Union Activities Board
Silver Level Sponsors:
- Department of Housing and Residential Education
- Carolina Parents Council Grant
Bronze Level Sponsors:
- General Alumni Association
- UNC Athletics
- Carolina Association of Black Journalists