MLK Commemoration


UNCG: Grio’s Jeff Johnson will deliver MLK address Jan. 23

Jeff Johnson — award-winning investigative journalist, social activist, political commentator and author — will deliver the keynote speech at the 2014 UNCG-NC A&T Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

The program, sponsored jointly by the two sister universities for the second year, begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, in NC A&T’s Harrison Auditorium. This year’s  theme is “Unclaimed Legacy: Who Will Lead the Next Social Movement?”

The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Originally known as BET’s “Cousin Jeff,” Johnson has parlayed his commitment to making the world a better place into a diverse career. He has spent the last decade merging the worlds of politics and popular culture, working as senior advisor for media and youth outreach for People for the American Way, as national director of the Youth & College division of the NAACP, and as the vice president of Russell Simmons’ Hip Hop Summit Action Network.

He regularly contributes commentary and analysis about issues related to race, politics, popular culture and socio-economics for news broadcasts and publications and is a regular contributor to MSNBC and White House correspondent for the Grio.

Buses will travel between UNCG and NC A&T from 6-7:30 p.m. and from 9-10:30 p.m

For more information on the joint MLK celebration being planned by UNCG and NC A&T, contact Dr. Mark Villacorta at 336-334-5090,;  or Gerald Spates at 336-334-7800,

2014 Martin Luther King Jr Celebration

When: Thursdayday, January 23, 2014, 730PM
Where: Harrison Auditorium, North Carolina A&T State University, 1601 East Market Street, Greensboro, NC*

*Buses will be traveling from the front of the Elliot University Center to NC A&T from 6pm until 1030pm.

FREE and open to the public!

Official Co-Sponsors

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Office of Multicultural Affairs
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

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)