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University/Community MLK Memorial Banquet

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The MLK University/Community Banquet, originally scheduled for January 16, was postponed due to inclement weather creating power outages and internet interruptions.

The event is now scheduled to take place on Sunday, February 20 at 6:00 P.M.

Portrait of Dr. Elmira Mangum. Dr. Mangum is a Black woman with wavy shoulder-length hair. She is wearing a coral blouse, large pearls, a silver necklace and pearl earrings. She is smiling at the camera.
Dr. Elmira Mangum

The University/Community MLK Memorial Banquet features a keynote speaker, entertainment, the presentation of the MLK/Edith Wiggins High School Senior Scholarship, and the Bridge Builders and Citizenship Awards.

This year’s speaker will be Elmira Mangum, Ph.D. 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. Now consulting and functioning as the CEO of EM Plus 3, LLC. Dr. Mangum focuses on organizational redesign, leadership training, efficiency and effective analysis, process improvement, budgeting, revenue enhancement, and planning in higher education. She is also a professional coach and mentor to aspiring leaders. She has worked with federal and state governments in the legislative processes, private fundraising, and leveraged information technology for data-informed decision-making and instructional delivery.

Dr. Mangum will be joined at this event by North Carolina Congressman (4th district) David E. Price, Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger, Carrboro Mayer Damon Seils, and Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP President Dawna Jones as we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King.

The Banquet, now in its 37th year, will be held virtually due to COVID safety concerns.

Tickets are $30 and go entirely to support student scholarships.


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In October 1993, the MLK University/Community Planning Corporation became a non-profit corporation under the State of North Carolina laws. In that same year, the MLK University/Community Planning Corporation embarked upon a fundraising campaign to endow the MLK Scholarship Fund at $250,000. To date, we have raised approximately $150,000 toward our goal.

The MLK University/Community Planning Corporation was established with a two-fold purpose:

  • To foster and promote coalition-building among and across the diverse racial and religious communities in greater Orange County by educating the community about the humanitarian ideals and legacy of the great American civil rights leader, the late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • To establish an endowed fund that will be used to award educational scholarships and promote community-based activities that enhance racial and religious cooperation to pursue humanitarian efforts in greater Orange County.

2022 Sponsors

Peace Sponsor

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Dream Sponsor

Justice Sponsors

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Barbee’s Chapel Harvest Word

Media Sponsors

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Platinum Sponsors

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Flicka Bateman

Silver Sponsors

Saint Paul AME
Mia Kang
Paul Lindsay
Michael Parker

Benefactor Sponsors

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing
Howard & Lillian Lee
Florentine Miller
Kehillah Synagogue
Joe & Claudia Templeton
Triangle Park Chapter of Links