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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is honoring the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with a week of celebration that began on Sunday, January 18.

Carolina’s week-long observance, sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and the Carolina Union Activities Board, will feature a series of events hosted by various campus organizations. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Transcending the Legacy.”

The celebration began at the Friday Center on January 18 with the 30th annual MLK Celebration Banquet featuring keynote speaker James H. Johnson Jr., the William R. Kenan Distinguished Professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at Kenan-Flagler Business School and director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center in the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise.

Author Angela Davis served as the keynote speaker at the celebration January 19 at the 34th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall, and MLK Day at Carolina also featured a “Move for the Dream” 5K and 1-mile fun run that raised money for the International Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro, N.C., and food for the Carolina Cupboard; and the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Rally, March and Worship Service sponsored by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro and Carolina chapters of the NAACP.

Carolina’s observance will continue throughout the week with a variety of events, including discussions and panels, a photography exhibit, and film screening.

More information, and a complete list of Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration events, can be found here.

Published January 13, 2015

Updated January 20, 2015