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UNC-Chapel Hill’s 2022 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Week, which honors the bridge-building legacy of Dr. King, Jr., kicks off on Jan. 16 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 on Jan. 19, a week-long “Letters of Hope” student service effort 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, “What are we striving for?”

The MLK week of events at Carolina is co-led by the MLK Student Planning Committee, comprised of representatives from Campus Y, Carolina Union Activities Board (CUAB), Graduate and Professional Student Government, Queen in You, Student Life & Leadership, Undergraduate Student Government and the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion.


MLK University/Community BanquetSunday, Jan. 16, 6 p.m. Now in its 37th year, the Banquet is hosted by the MLK, Jr. Corporation, in partnership with the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion. The event, held virtually this year, will feature Elmira Mangum, PhD, as the keynote speaker. In 2014, Dr. Mangum became the first woman to permanently hold the position of President of Florida A&M University in its 128-year history.

Dr. Mangum will be joined by North Carolina Congressman (4th district) David E. Price, Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger, Carrboro Mayor Damon Seils and Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP President Dawna Jones. In addition, the MLK/Edith Wiggins High School Senior scholarships, Citizenship awards and Bridge Builders awards will be presented. Tickets to the event are $30. To purchase tickets, please go to For additional information, please contact the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion at 919-843-6086 or



Dr. Elmira MangumThe MLK Lecture and Awards Ceremony Wednesday, Jan. 19, 6:30 p.m. at the Carolina Union Great Hall. The event, celebrating its 41st year, will include the presentation of the MLK UNC Scholarship for UNC juniors and the MLK Unsung Hero awards. La Tosha Brown, co-founder of the Black Voters Matter Fund and Black Voters Matter Capacity Building Institute and an expert on Black voting rights and voter suppression, Black women’s empowerment and philanthropy, will deliver the keynote lecture.  Tickets are available through the Carolina Union Box Office.


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