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Civil rights activist and statesman Andrew Young will give the 31st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Young, an aide to King, a congressman and a U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 in Memorial Hall on Cameron Avenue. The free public program will begin with a scholarship presentation. Then Jack Boger, dean and Wade Edwards Distinguished Professor in the School of Law, and UNC senior Amber Koonce will engage Young in conversation.

“We’re pleased to bring to Carolina someone who as a young leader marched side-by-side with Dr. King and rose through the ranks of the social justice and civil rights movements and beyond,” said Terri Houston, interim chief diversity officer, Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.

The lecture will be one highlight among the many activities during the 2012 MLK Week Celebration at Carolina. This year’s theme is “The Time is Now: Our Legacy, Our Future.”

All tickets must be picked up in person from the Memorial Hall Box Office

UNC Students can get FREE reserved-seat tickets available starting Tuesday, Jan. 10. UNC Students must present UNC One Card. Two tickets per One Card, limit, two One Cards per student.

General public, faculty and staff may get FREE reserved-seat tickets starting Thursday, Jan. 12. Limit, two tickets per person.

The Memorial Hall box office (919-843-3333) is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays.

For more information about the lecture, call (919) 962-6962.