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UNC-Chapel Hill’s 2020 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Week, which honors the bridge-building legacy of Dr. King, Jr., kicks off on Jan. 19 and includes events that highlight the intersectionality of diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice. The annual MLK University/Community Banquet will provide the traditional start to the week of activities highlighted by the MLK Keynote Lecture and Awards Ceremony, the annual Unity dinner and other 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, Jr., using the theme “I Am Because We Are: Interrelated Realities.”

The MLK week of events at Carolina is co-led by the MLK Student Planning Committee, comprised of representatives from Black Student Movement; Campus Y; Carolina Indian Circle; Carolina Union Activity Board (CUAB); Carolina Women’s Center; CHispA; Diversity and Inclusion’s Student Access and Success Committee; Fraternity and Sorority Life’s Interfraternity Council, Multicultural Greek Council, National Panhellenic Council and Panhellenic; Graduate and Professional Student Federation;

NC Hillel; Mi Pueblo; Student Government’s Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Outreach Committee; Student Life and Leadership and the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion.

Chief Justice Cheri Beasley
Chief Justice Cheri Beasley

MLK University/Community Banquet – Sunday, Jan. 19, at 6 p.m., with a reception at 5 p.m., at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education. North Carolina Chief Justice Cheri Beasley will deliver the keynote. Tickets are $30. To purchase tickets, please go to Tickets can also be purchased directly by contacting Empowerment, Inc. at 919-967-8779 or For additional information, please contact the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion at 919-962-6962 or

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson

The MLK Lecture and Awards Ceremony – Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m., at Memorial Hall. Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, author, radio host and Georgetown University sociology professor, will deliver the keynote. Tickets are free and available at the Carolina Performing Arts and Memorial Hall ticket office or at For group tickets and further information, please contact the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion at 919-962-6962 or

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