UNC MLK Week of Celebration

January 20, 2019 6:00 pm to January 24, 2019 7:30 pm

UNC-Chapel Hill’s 2019 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Week, which honors the bridge-building legacy of Dr. King, Jr., kicks off on Jan. 20 and includes events that highlight the intersectionality of diversity, inclusion, and social justice. All events are designed to celebrate and educate the UNC-Chapel Hill community about the legacy of Dr. King, Jr., using the theme, “Rise Above!”

MLK University/Community Banquet – Sunday, Jan. 20, at 6 p.m., with a reception at 5 p.m., at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education. Dr. Reginald Hildebrand will deliver the keynote. Former Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Winston B. Crisp will be among those being honored.  Tickets are $30.

He Was a Poem, He Was a Song – Tuesday, Jan. 22, 5 p.m., Hitchcock Multipurpose Room, Stone Center. Join the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History in a celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the annual He Was a Poem, He Was a Song program. Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to explore Dr. King’s legacy through music, dance and spoken word.

The MLK Lecture and Awards Ceremony – Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7:30 p.m., at Memorial Hall. Former NAACP and CEO Ben Jealous will deliver the keynote. Tickets are free and will be available at the Carolina Performing Arts and Memorial Hall ticket office starting on Jan. 8, 2019 at noon. For group tickets and further information, please contact the University Office for Diversity & Inclusion at 919-962-6962 or diversity@unc.edu.

For additional information about the full roster of events, visit diversity.unc.edu/mlk.