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Inclement weather and COVID-19 concerns have forced the postponement of the University/Community MLK Memorial Banquet and the MLK Lecture and Awards Ceremony, the two highlight MLK Week of Celebration events.

The 41st Annual MLK Lecture and Awards Ceremony, featuring keynote speaker LaTosha Brown and presentation of the Unsung Hero Awards and MLK UNC Student Scholarships, originally scheduled to take place on Wednesday, Jan. 19, has been postponed due to concerns about COVID-19. The event will instead be held on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 6:30 p.m. at the Carolina Union Great Hall. Tickets can be reserved through the Carolina Union Box Office.

With the increased spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, the decision was made to take the appropriate precautions to prevent additional infections amongst attendees. The health and safety of our Carolina community remain our priority and guided this difficult decision.

The University/Community MLK Memorial Banquet, featuring Elmira Mangum, Ph.D. and originally scheduled to have taken place on Sunday, Jan. 16, has also been postponed due to the ice storm that swept across the southwest, creating concerns that power outages and interrupted internet would impact the ability of some registrants to participate. The event will instead be held on Sunday, Feb. 20, 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased on the official site.

“We know how special these events are to our faculty, staff, students and community, but it was paramount that we put your safety first,” said Vice Provost of Equity and Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Leah Cox. “We are looking forward to hearing from LaTosha Brown and Dr. Elmira Mangum as they deliver this year’s respective keynotes, connecting with Dr. King’s message of bridge building, service and equality for all…and hope to see many of you in attendance.”

All other MLK Week of Celebration events will proceed as planned. For a full schedule of events, please visit

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