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Chief Justice Cheri Beasley

The University Office for Diversity and Inclusion is pleased to announce that ticket sales have opened for the 35th annual University/Community Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Banquet and Award Presentation. This year’s keynote speaker will be Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, the first African American woman in the North Carolina Supreme Court’s 200-year history to serve as Chief Justice. She has been on the state’s highest court since 2012 and was appointed by Governor Cooper to serve as Chief Justice in March of 2019. 

The event will take place on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 6 p.m., with a reception at 5 p.m., at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education.

“We are delighted to have Chief Justice Beasley join us,” said Gretchen C. Bellamy, Diversity and Inclusion’s senior director of education, operations and initiatives. “Her unique experience is aligned with Dr. King’s legacy of bridge-building and integrity.”

The MLK Banquet is hosted by the MLK Jr. Corporation, in partnership with UNC’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion. 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.

Tickets are $30. Please go to to purchase tickets.

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