MLK Commemoration

2024 MLK Celebration, Wednesday Jan 24

MLK Celebration: Dream it. Believe it. Do it. Developing Leaders for Tomorrow

Location: UNCG Elliott University Center, Cone Ballroom (507 Stirling St, Greensboro, NC)

*Free and open to the public. There will be ASL interpreters.

Time: 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Free parking in the Walker Parking Deck at 506 Stirling St, Greensboro, NC. Take a ticket when you enter the garage and exit will be free. 

UNCG, N.C. A&T, Guilford College, Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC), and Greensboro College are teaming up to present the 12th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. at UNCG’s Elliott University Center in the Cone Ballroom.

This year’s theme is “Dream it. Believe it. Do it. Developing Leaders for Tomorrow.” The event will be an interactive discussion about Black activism today.

For more accommodation requests or further information, please contact the UNCG Office of Intercultural Engagement at 336-334-5090 or

Listing of past Keynote Speakers and MLK Service Award Winners




Dream it. Believe it. Do it.

Envisioning Our Future 

Alhanna Cancel-Roman 

Tyhrah Buissereth

2022   Aja Boyd and Edmond Gayton
2021   Not Awarded
2020 Natalie Warne Mahlik Conley
2019 Ilyasah Shabazz Jamie Wharton
2018 Payton Head Payton McGarry
2017 DeRay Mckesson Sherrill Roland
2016 Julianne Malveaux Kaziah Miller
2015 Sonia Sanchez Kaziah Miller
2014 Jeff Johnson Kelton Hollister (Student)
2013 Dick Gregory Aisha Crawford (Student)
2012 Elaine Brown Parker Hurley (Student)
2011 Dr. Terrence Roberts Kent L. Singletary (Student)
2010 Dr. Mae Jemison Zimuzor Ugochukwu (Student)
2009 Rev. Al Sharpton Wanda Torain (Undergraduate Admissions)
2008 Bernice A. King Brandon Nnodi (Student)
2007 Dr. Joseph Lowery, civil rights activist Dr. Spoma Jovanovic (Communication Studies)
2006 Angela Davis, Black Panther, UC Berkeley, etc. Rhonda Robinson (Student)
2005 Julian Bond, NAACP Chairman, former Georgia senator Kathleen Casey (Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations)
2004 Franklin McCain, one of Greensboro Four Dauvell Evans (Student)
2003 Rev. Samuel “Billy” Kyles, Pastor, Monumental Baptist Church, Memphis; was with MLK Jr. during last hour Patricia J. Bowden (Religious Studies)
2002 Dr. Jocelyn Elders, first African American woman to be US Surgeon General Joette Nicole McLaurin (Student)
2001 Herman Boone, former football coach; inspiration for “Remember the Titans” Erma Totten (Service Worker, Cone Residence Hall)
2000 David Dinkins, former mayor of NYC Robert Earl Randolph, Jr. (Student)
1999 Manning Marable, historian and author; Professor, Columbia Patricia L. Bailey (Director, Disability Services)
1998 Myrlie Evers-Williams, Chair, NAACP; widow of Medgar Evers Jeffrey Thigpen (Student)
1997 Shirley Chisholm, former US Representative Lenora A. Richardson
1996 Dr. Michael K. Honey Deardre R. Johnson (Student)
1995 Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Professor of Communications Studies at UNC-CH Darrell Wheeler
1994 Dr. George Subira Patrice N. Vinson (Student)
1993 Ms. Naomi Tutu Carolyn Moore
1992 Dr. James Cone Daniel T. “J J” McEachern (Student)
1991 Rev. Tyrone Crider Odessa Patrick (Biology)
1990 Mary Berry William R. McNeely, Jr. (Student)
1989 Rev. Ralph Abernathy, associate of MLK Jr. and leader of SCLC Ernestine Small (Nursing)
1988 John Lewis, Congressman, Georgia Bradley Mitchell (Student)
1987 Dick Gregory, comedian and political activist Joseph Himes (Sociology)