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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, which includes:


This year’s theme was “Presence of Justice.”

Additional sponsorship provided by various departments and schools at Carolina:



Center for Faculty Excellence Logo


College of Arts & Sciences Logo


University Libraries Logo




UNC Research logo Gillings School of Global Public Health logo
Hussman School of Journalism logo General Alumni Association logo



Eshelman School of Pharmacy

School of Social Work

Summer School


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