MLK Commemoration

2019 MLK Celebration, Wednesday Jan 23

Faculty and Staff Reception with Ilyasah Shabazz

Location: NC A&T New Student Center

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Transportation: A free shuttle will provide round trip service to and from the event.  Must reserve seat by calling 336-334-5090 or sending an email to intercultural@uncg.edu

MLK Celebration: An Evening with Ilyasah Shabazz

Location: UNCG Auditorium

Time: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

NC A&T and UNCG are proud co-presenters of the MLK Celebration.  Following our custom of alternating venues, this year’s program will be held at UNCG Auditorium on the campus of UNCG.

The UNCG Bookstore will have a selection of Ilyasah’s books available for sale immediately preceding and following the formal program in the lobby of the auditorium.

Ilyasah is a professor, social activist, community organizer, speaker and author of three award-winning publications: Growing Up X (Random House 2002) a coming of age memoir; Malcolm Little (Simon & Schuster 2014) a children’s illustration book, and X, A Novel (Candlewick Press 2015) a young adult historical fiction, which won 2016 NAACP Image Award, We Need Diverse Books’ Walter Dean Myers – Library of Congress Inaugural Award and American Library Association’s Coretta Scott King Book Honor, among several others.

Ilyasah promotes higher education for at-risk youth, interfaith dialogue to build bridges between cultures for young leaders of the world, and she participates on international humanitarian delegations. She served as a member of the U.S. Delegation that accompanied President Bill Clinton to South Africa to commemorate election of President Nelson Mandela and the Education & Economic Business Development initiative and with the U.S. Interfaith Leadership Delegation to Mali, West Africa with the Malaria No More initiative.

She holds a Master of Science in Education & Human Resource Development from Fordham University; a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from SUNY/New Paltz; and is currently an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.

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

Official Co-Sponsors

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Office of Intercultural Engagement
Housing and Residence Life
Division of Student Affairs

North Carolina A&T State University

The MLK Commemorative Observance Committee
The Division of Student Affairs
Multicultural Student Center
Collegiate Chapter of NAACP at NC A&T
Men on the Move
Memorial Student Union
Student Activities Office
Student Development

 

Listing of past Keynote Speakers and MLK Service Award Winners

YEAR KEYNOTE SPEAKER SERVICE AWARD WINNER
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)