Participants in a Jan. 18 candlelight
vigil at the Old Well huddle against a chilling wind while remembering Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr. (Photo credit: Justin Smith)
The University held a weeklong celebration of the life of
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jan.15 – 20, as students, faculty and staff paid
tribute to the civil rights leader.
Highlights included the 21st Annual University/Community
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Banquet at the Friday Center.
During the national holiday, a community observance and
rally was held Jan. 16.
Students, faculty and staff read poetry stirred by King’s
life and work during the Jan. 17 event, “He Was a Poem: An Evening of Poetry Inspired by Martin Luther King
Chancellor James Moeser leads off others as he pins his thoughts to a wall in
the Student Union, which contains writing and other forms of expression as part
of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. week observances. (Photo credit: Justin Smith)
Nikki Giovanni, world-renowned poet, writer, commentator,
activist and educator, delivered the keynote lecture Jan. 18 during the
presentation of the 24th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship. That night,
a candle light vigil was held around the Old Well.
On Jan. 19, Ernest G. Green, one of the first black students
to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., following the Supreme
Court ruling to desegregate in 1954, spoke on campus.
Events were sponsored by the Chancellor’s Committee for the
MLK Celebration with the support of numerous UNC groups, including the African
and Afro-American Studies department, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Alpha
Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the Black Student Movement, the Campus Y, Carolina
R.O.C.T.S., the Carolina Union Activities Board, the Carolina Women’s Center,
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, the
executive branch of student government, Housing and Residential Education, the
Martin Luther King Jr. Established Lecture Fund, the National Pan-Hellenic
Council, the offices of the Chancellor and the Provost, the Residence Hall
Association, the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History,
Student Affairs, the UNC athletics department , the UNC NAACP Chapter and the University