Powell has published 11 books, including his latest collection of political and pop culture writings, “Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan, and The Ghost of Dr. King: Blogs and Essays.” Powell’s writing has also been published in publications such as Esquire, Newsweek, The Washington Post, Essence, Rolling Stone, The Amsterdam News and Vibe. He blogs for The Huffington Post, The Guardian, Ebony.com, The Daily Kos and other outlets. Powell is a 2012-2013 visiting scholar at Virginia State University.
Powell’s lecture is part of a week of activities during the 2013 UNC-Chapel Hill MLK Celebration. The activities start at 6 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 20) with the 28th annual University/Community Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Banquet.
The banquet’s keynote speaker is Judge Henry Frye, the first African American to be elected to the N.C. House of Representatives in the 20th Century. Frye served in the House for 12 years before serving a two-year term in the N.C. Senate. In 1983, Frye became the first African American to serve on the Supreme Court of North Carolina. Former Gov. Jim Hunt appointed Frye to serve as chief justice of the Supreme Court in September 1999.
Other events scheduled include:
The 28th Annual University/Community Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Banquet will host Justice Henry Frye, the first African American to be elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives in the 20th century, at 6 p.m. at the Friday Center.
• Carolina R.O.C.T.S. (Rejuvenating Our Communities Through Service) will sponsor a Day for Service from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Great Hall, allowing individuals to make a difference in the community by participating in service. Project assignments are on a first-come, first-served basis. Register at http://rocts.web.unc.edu/.
• The MLK Youth Leadership Program will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 2518 in the Carolina Union. Students will learn how to be successful leaders in their schools as well as how to be public speakers.
• The Chapel Hill-Carrboro and UNC chapters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will sponsor their annual Martin Luther King Jr. rally, march and worship service, starting at 9 a.m. at the Franklin Street post office and ending with an 11 a.m. service at First Baptist Church on Roberson Street.
• A Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Dinner will be held at 5 p.m. in Great Hall. Carolina students are invited to share a meal, make connections, listen to a guest speaker and engage in conversations about King’s legacy in contemporary society. Register at email@example.com.
• “He Was a Poem, He Was a Song” will examine King’s legacy through music, dance, poetry and spoken word at 7 p.m. at the Stone Center. A reception will follow the program.
Kevin Powell, Brooklyn activist, writer and cast member on the first season of MTV’s “The Real World,” will speak at the 32nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture and presentation of the 30th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship at 7:30 p.m. in Great Hall. A candlelight vigil will be held before the event at 6:15 p.m. at the Campus Y. Light refreshments will be provided.
• “Women’s Work with Civil Rights: The Story of Ella Baker” is an event recognizing the accomplishments of women throughout the Civil Rights Movement at 5 p.m. at the Stone Center. Visitors will participate in a screening and short discussion of “Fundi: The Story of Ella Baker.” Light refreshments will be provided.
• The Campus Y will host “A Time to Break Silence,” a moderated Q&A with Coach Herman Boone (portrayed by Denzel Washington in Disney’s “Remember the Titans”), who will share lessons from the 1971 football season at T.C. Williams High School. The event is at 7 p.m. in the Mandela Auditorium at the FedEx Global Education Center.
• “Behind the Scenes: A Glance at Key Players of the Civil Rights Movement” will highlight several civil rights activists and UNC alumni, faculty and individuals who contributed to the Civil Rights Movement at 5 p.m. at the Stone Center.
• The Kappa Omicron Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. oratorical contest will be held at 7 p.m. at the Stone Center. Contestants will prepare a three-to-five minute speech in response to the prompt: “As Dr. King’s generation prepares to pass the torch of change to our generation, do you think that his dream has fully transpired into a reality as we try to keep this light ablaze, or has this light already started to diminish?”
Join The Black Student Movement’s Cultural Diversity Committee for a discussion of King’s legacy as seen through Langston Hughes’s poem “I, Too, Sing America” at 6:30 p.m. in the Stone Center. There will be performances by select campus and local high school groups.
Visit www.unc.edu/diversity/mlk for full details and contact information.