The two universities are combining their resources to offer a themed MLK program, “Empowerment through Diversity: Sharing the Dream.” Dick Gregory, humanitarian and comedian, will deliver the keynote address Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. in UNCG’s Aycock Auditorium.
The event is free and open to the public, and doors open at 6 p.m. In addition to Gregory’s remarks, UNCG will present its annual MLK Service Award and NC A&T will present its MLK Scholarship Award.
“We are hoping that both campuses will generate dialogue in and out of the classroom about the importance of Dr. King’s legacy and how he impacted history and the world,” says Audrey Daniel, UNCG’s director for multicultural affairs.
Dr. Mark Villacorta, assistant director for multicultural affairs at UNCG, says the move toward a coordinated MLK event between the campuses is a good one for many reasons.
The universities can share costs and draw a larger crowd for the keynote address, Villacorta says. He adds that working together is a perfect expression of Dr. King’s vision for America.
Gregory has authored 15 books. He has recorded seven records and has appeared on television and in films.
King and Gregory often were jailed together as they demonstrated for civil rights in the 1960s, and Gregory became increasingly involved with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s efforts to bring freedom, justice and equality to all black people in America.
By Michelle Hines
Main CW page visual of Martin Luther King from Creative Commons, Minnesota Historical Society. Visual on this page: from Dick Gregory.