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UNC-Chapel Hill’s 2021 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Week, which honors the bridge-building legacy of Dr. King, Jr., kicks off on Jan. 17 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, a student service effort and other opportunities for cross-cultural and intergroup dialogue. All events—held virtually this year—are designed to celebrate and educate the UNC-Chapel Hill community about the legacy of Dr. King, Jr., using the theme “Presence of Justice.”

The MLK week of events at Carolina is co-led by the MLK Student Planning Committee, comprised of representatives from Black Student Movement; Carolina Indian Circle; Carolina Union Activity Board (CUAB); Carolina Women’s Center; Diversity and Inclusion’s Student Access and Success Committee; Fraternity and Sorority Life’s Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council; Graduate and Professional Student Federation; LGBTQ Center; Mi Pueblo; MADO (Student Government’s Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Outreach Committee); Student Life and Leadership and the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion.

MLK University/Community BanquetSunday, Jan. 17, at 6 p.m. Now in its 36th year, the Banquet is hosted by the MLK, Jr. Corporation, in partnership with the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion. North Carolina Superior Court Judge Carl Fox will deliver the keynote. In 2005, the Honorable Judge Fox became the first Black judge in his Orange-Chatham County district. Judge Fox will be joined at this event by several other prominent community leaders. In addition, the MLK High School Senior scholarships, Citizenship and Bridge Builders awards will be presented. Tickets are $20. To purchase tickets, please go to For additional information, please contact the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion at 919-843-6086 or

The MLK Lecture and Awards Ceremony Tuesday, Jan. 26, 6-7:15 p.m. The event, celebrating its 40th year, will include the presentation of the MLK UNC Scholarship for UNC juniors and MLK Unsung Hero awards. Announcement of the keynote speaker, as well as registration information, will be available at in mid-December.

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