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Carolina to celebrate MLK Day with lecture, banquet

The University will begin its commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 16 with an annual banquet and awards presentation.

Logo of the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with new information on the MLK Lecture and Awards Ceremony, which was scheduled for Jan. 19. This event has been postponed.

Carolina will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy with a week of events focused on the theme of “What are we striving for?”

“In celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, we strive to honor his message of service to others, as well as diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging for everyone in the Carolina community,” said Leah Cox, Carolina’s vice provost for equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer. “Each event planned during the Week of Celebration is designed to bring us together for inspiration, enlightenment and bridge-building.”

The celebrations will kick off with the 37th annual University/Community Martin Luther King Jr. Banquet and Award Presentation on Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. The virtual event will raise scholarship funds for local high school students who have demonstrated a commitment to community involvement through civic, educational and religious activities.

Elmira Mangum, the first woman to serve as president at Florida A&M University, will be the banquet’s keynote speaker. She will be joined by several community leaders, including Cox and Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz, to celebrate the legacy of King.

Community members can purchase tickets for $30 at the MLK/University Planning Corporation’s website.

Tar Heels will also host the annual MLK Student Day of Service throughout the week with a letter-writing campaign in the Pit and other opportunities for cross-cultural and intergroup dialogue, including a culture show in the Pit on Friday at 3 p.m.

The University’s MLK Lecture and Awards Ceremony featuring LaTosha Brown has been postponed and will be rescheduled.

Learn more at the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion.