|Danny Glover talk to highlight MLK week at UNC|
|Monday, January 04, 2010|
Actor and producer Danny Glover will give the 29th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture on Jan. 21 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The free public talk at 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall will be preceded by a candlelight vigil starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Old Well on Cameron Avenue. The vigil is intended as a time for reflection on King’s messages before the Glover talk.
The events are part of the 29th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Jan. 17-22 at UNC, which also will include a film, and oratorical contest, a march down Franklin Street and a talk by Cleve Jones, creator of the AIDS quilt. Multiple units across campus are sponsoring the events, coordinated by the Chancellor’s Committee for the Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration.
“The challenges of advancing Dr. King’s vision for a just and humane world are ever more difficult in our interconnected global community of today,” said Archie Ervin, associate provost for diversity and multicultural affairs. “Affirming our common humanity requires all of us to reach beyond the social issues that divide us. This is the enduring legacy of Dr. King and is the primary reason this celebration has continuing relevance.”
Known for his roles in movies as diverse as the “Lethal Weapon” series and “The Color Purple,” Glover also has been an advocate for economic justice, accessible health care and education. His activism has included work with the United Farm Workers, the Black AIDS Institute, The Algebra Project (a national nonprofit advocating quality public education for all children) and the Vanguard Public Foundation (an anti-racism, pro-equal rights organization).
At UNC, Glover will discuss how King’s life and legacy influenced him to use his platform as an actor to engage in social activism. The program will begin with presentation of UNC’s 27th annual MLK Scholarships. Recipients are chosen for exemplifying King’s vision and demonstrating commitment to civil and human rights. Academic excellence also is a factor.
Tickets for the Glover lecture are free but required. Carolina students with UNC One Cards may pick up tickets at the Memorial Hall Box Office on Cameron Avenue starting Jan. 12 – limit two tickets per One Card and two One Cards per student. Others may begin picking up tickets Jan. 14 – limit two tickets per person.
Tickets must be picked up in person. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. The office will be closed Jan. 18. For ticket information, call (919) 843-3333.
For a full schedule and details on the weeklong celebration, visit www.unc.edu/diversity/mlk or call the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at (919) 962-6962. Here are more highlights, all free to the public:
MLK Birthday Celebration Web site: www.unc.edu/diversity/mlk.
Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs contacts: Archie Ervin, (919) 962-6962,
; Miki Kersgard, (919) 843-6085,
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