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:
- 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
This year’s theme was “Presence of Justice.”
Additional sponsorship provided by various departments and schools at Carolina: