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UNC-Chapel Hill’s 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week, which honors the bridge-building legacy of Dr. King, kicks off Jan. 14 and includes events that highlight the intersectionality of diversity, inclusion, and social justice. The annual MLK Community University Banquet, the UNC MLK 5K, and the Keynote Lecture and Awards Ceremony will provide the traditional start to a week of activities that will also include a unity dinner, candlelight vigil, artistic interpretations, and opportunities for cross-cultural and intergroup dialogue. All events are designed to celebrate and educate the UNC-Chapel Hill community about the legacy of Dr. King, using the theme, “Voices. Presence. Community.”

The MLK week of events at Carolina is co-led by The MLK Student Planning Committee,  comprised of representatives from Advocates for Carolina, Alpha Phi Alpha, Black Student Movement, Campus Y, Carolina Indian Circle, Carolina Union Activity Board, Carolina Women’s Center, CHispA, Graduate and Professional Student Federation, NAACP, NC Hillel, National Pan-Hellenic Council, ROCTS, and Student Government’s Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Outreach Committee, and The University Office for Diversity and Inclusion.

Carol Folt, at the Old WellMLK Community/University Banquet – Sunday, Jan. 14, at 6 p.m., with a reception at 5 p.m., at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education. Chancellor Carol L. Folt will deliver the keynote. Tickets are $30. To purchase tickets or for additional information, please contact MLK celebrations co-coordinator Ariana Wiggins at


Day of Service 5K Run – Monday, Jan. 15, at 7:30 a.m. (registration begins at 7 a.m. at the Campus Y). Early bird registration is $25 per person until Jan. 1, 2018, with discounted rates of $20 for students or groups of 10 or more (per person). Per-person registration after Jan. 2 through race day is $30. Register online at or at In keeping with Dr. King’s bridge-building work, race proceeds will benefit Girls on the Run of the Triangle and Healthy Girls Save the World, an organization founded by a Carolina alumna. For additional information, please contact MLK celebrations co-coordinator Deanna Fayed at


Loretta Lynch Official Portrait

Lecture and Awards Ceremony – Thursday, Jan. 18, at 7:30 p.m., at Memorial Hall. North Carolina native and former United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch will deliver the lecture. Tickets are free and will be available at the Carolina Performing Arts ticket office on Jan. 3. For group tickets and further information, please contact MLK celebrations co-coordinator Sophia McFarlane at

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