Feb. 3, 2020
Six UNC professors have circulated a petition that seeks to overturn the Board of Trustees’ 2015 decision to place a 16-year moratorium on renaming campus buildings. The petition comes three weeks after Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz...Read More
Dec. 2, 2019
The federal Office of Civil Rights has accepted UNC’s proposed resolution to a complaint that the University was party to an anti-Semitic act at a conference co-sponsored with Duke University on UNC’s campus in March....Read More
Sept. 24, 2019
In a point-by-point rebuttal to the U.S. Department of Education, UNC’s vice chancellor for research says a joint UNC-Duke University consortium for Middle East studies has “organized or assisted” with programs on the persecution of...Read More
Actor, activist and author Ruby Dee will deliver the keynote lecture for UNC’s 27th annual Martin Luther King Birthday Celebration at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 in Memorial Hall.
Numerous activities will take place on campus during the celebration, from Jan. 20-25.
A longtime civil rights advocate, Dee has worked with the NAACP, the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, the Southern Christian Leadership Council and other groups.
“Dee used the power she gained as an artist to bring about political change,” said Timothy McMillan, assistant professor of Afro-American studies and a member of the MLK Birthday Celebration Planning Committee. Dee, featured recently in the film American Gangster, also is known for her roles in the 1961 classic Raisin in the Sun and the television series Touched By an Angel.
Free tickets (limit two per person) for Dee’s lecture will be available beginning Jan. 16 at the Memorial Hall Box Office (843-3333, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.).
Many of this year’s MLK events will focus on connections between art and activism. On Jan. 24, filmmaker Michèle Stephenson will attend the North Carolina debut of her award-winning documentary Faces of Change. The film follows the stories of five activists working to eradicate racism in New Orleans, Mauritania, India, Brazil and Bulgaria. A discussion with Stephenson will follow the screening.
The program will begin at 5 p.m. in the auditorium of the FedEx Global Education Center, at the corner of Pittsboro and McCauley streets. Limited parking is available under the building off McCauley.