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

Keynote Speaker:

This year’s speaker will be North Carolina Judge (retired) Carl Fox. The Honorable Carl Fox is a former Superior Court Judge in Orange and Chatham counties. In 2005, Judge Fox became the first Black judge in his Orange-Chatham county district. Judge Fox will be joined at this event by several other prominent community leaders, including Governor Roy Cooper, as we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King.

Due to COVID, the traditional banquet will be held virtually.

Date: January 17, 2021
Time: 6 p.m.
Cost: $20 (proceeds go towards the MLK High School Student Scholarship)




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.

2021 Sponsors

Change Now

Carol Woods
United Presbyterian Church


First National Bank
Piedmont Health


Duke Energy
Southern Village Pediatric Dentistry
UNC Student Affairs


University United Methodist Church
Brinkley Church


Senator & Mrs. Lee
Paul Lindsay
Dr. & Mrs. Lee Nackman
Tina Naughn
Joe & Claudia Templeton


Jamezetta Bedford
Carolina Home Mortgage
Senator & Mrs. Howard Lee
Flo Miller
Lisa & David Price