MLK Commemoration













Sonia Sanchez to speak at UNCG-NC A&T King celebration 
Poet, educator and activist Dr. Sonia Sanchez will deliver the keynote address at the 2015 MLK celebration sponsored jointly by UNCG and NC A&T. This year’s celebration is titled “Arts and the Civil Rights Movement: An Evening with Sonia Sanchez”.
Sanchez will speak beginning at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 21, in Aycock Auditorium on the UNCG campus. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the event is free and open to the public.
A moderated Q&A session with Sanchez follows her speech at 8:15 p.m. A meet and greet and book signing with Sanchez is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.
The celebration marks the third year of collaboration between UNCG and A&T for the King remembrance. Both institutions will present MLK awards before the Sanchez address.
One of the most prominent writers of the Black Arts movement, Sanchez speaks internationally on black culture and literature, women’s liberation, peace, and racial justice. Finding her voice in poetry, Sanchez evolved from a shy child with a stutter into a force of the Black Power movement of the 1960s. She was also in the forefront of the Black Studies movement and taught the first course in the country on black women.
A prolific author, Sanchez has written more than 16 books, including “Morning Haiku”; “Homegirls and Handgrenades,” for which she won the American Book Award; “Shake Loose My Skin”; “Like the Singing Coming off the Drums”; “Does Your House Have Lions?”; and “Wounded in the House of a Friend”. She has also published numerous plays, including “Black Cats and Uneasy Landings” and “I’m Black When I’m Singing, I’m Blue When I Ain’t”.
Sanchez is one of 20 African American women featured in “Freedom’s Sisters,” an interactive, traveling museum exhibition, which brings to life African American women who have fought for equality for all Americans. She is also a sponsor of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and serves on the board of MADRE, an international women’s human rights organization that uses human rights to advance social justice.
Some of her other honors include the Outstanding Arts Award from the Pennsylvania Coalition of 100 Black Women, the Community Service Award from the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, a PEW Fellowship in the Arts, and the Langston Hughes Poetry Award.
The first presidential fellow at Temple University, Sanchez held the Laura Carnell Chair in English at Temple from 1977-1999. Sanchez has traveled extensively, reading her poetry at campuses across the globe.
For more information, contact the UNCG Office of Multicultural Affairs at 336-334-5090.

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is a challenging, supportive and engaged community where learning is carried forward to Do something bigger altogether. Founded in 1891, UNCG is the largest and most diverse university in the Triad, serving more than 18,000 students. Standing apart from other universities, the UNCG community is joined together by a shared value: We define excellence not only by the people we attract, but by the meaningful contributions they make.


2015 Martin Luther King Jr Celebration

When: Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 700PM
Where: Aycock Auditorium, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC

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

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)