Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
UNC’s MLK Jr. Celebration is part of a campus-wide initiative to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., his legacy and his ideals. Carolina began its celebrations of Dr. King’s life and legacy long before there was a federal holiday. UNC is the only university ever awarded the “Making of the King Holiday Award” by the former MLK Federal Holiday Commission. UNC-CH engages in honoring King’s legacy through several efforts: MLK Celebration and Committee; MLK University and Community Corporation; and the Day of Service.
The University Office for Diversity and Inclusion hosts this Week of Celebration (in partnership with the Carolina Union Activities Board and Student Life & Leadership), which includes:
- The MLK Celebration Banquet, during which the MLK High School Senior Scholarship, Bridge Builders and Citizenship awards are presented
- The MLK Lecture and Awards Ceremony, during which the MLK UNC Scholarship for UNC juniors and MLK Unsung Hero Awards are presented
- The MLK Student Day of Service, during which various efforts to support the Carolina community take place