UNCP celebrates MLK Week

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The Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity and the MLK Week Committee at UNC Pembroke recently announced events for MLK Week, to be held February 8-12, 2021. Event details and virtual program access links can be found at uncp.edu/mlk.

Usually celebrated in conjunction with Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January, MLK Week recognizes the accomplishments of Dr. King and fosters conversations about social justice, civic issues and engagement in the community. The theme of UNC Pembroke’s MLK Week is “My Dream is Possible because of…”

Details for virtual events listed below can be found at uncp.edu/mlk, including Webex/Zoom access links.

Events to be held during MLK Week include:

  • February 8-12

    • Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to volunteer with a community partner. To view volunteer opportunities, visit serve.uncp.edu. 
    • Banners, with notable African American people and events, will be displayed in the lounge of the Chavis University Center during the month of February.
    • The Care Resource Center is sponsoring a food drive. Non-perishable food items can be donated at Wellons Hall, Suite C, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit serve.uncp.edu.
    • Participate in a TikTok Challenge by creating a duet video with a response to “My dream is possible because of…” To post the video, log in to TikTok. Select the three dots or white arrow located right below the comment button. A new screen will pop up from below. A duet bubble will be located right beside the “Save Video” button. Record your duet. Before posting, add the hashtags #uncpmlk and #uncpdream. Tag @inclusiveuncp.
    • Complete the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scavenger Hunt. Directions are available at uncp.edu/mlk.
    • Photo Challenge: Take a photograph of a person, place (on or off campus), quote or object that made your dream possible. While posting the photo on social media, add the hashtags #uncpmlk and #uncpdream. Tag @inclusiveuncp.
    • Braves Never Walk Alone T-Shirt: The phrase “Braves Never Walk Alone” was minted during the summer of 2020 in an effort to showcase a sense of unity with UNC Pembroke student-athletes, coaches and administrators who participated in a peaceful march through the Town of Pembroke in late June. The phrase empowers student-athlete voices and their broader connection with the BraveNation community. Shirts with the phrase were originally available only to UNCP Athletics, but you can now help show your support for UNCP athletes by purchasing your own shirt and joining the conversation! Purchase the t-shirt by visiting uncp.edu/mlk.
  • February 8
    • 6 p.m.: Join Dr. Leslie Locklear (FATE Project) as she discusses “Faith, Family and Fried Chicken.” Participate virtually at uncp.edu/mlk.
    • 6 p.m.: Pick up snacks in the Chavis University Center lounge for virtual movie night.
    • 7 p.m.: Virtual Movie Night showing The Best of Enemies (2019). The true story details the unlikely relationship between an outspoken civil rights activist and Ku Klux Klan leader in Durham during the racially charged summer of 1971, as they come together to co-chair a community summit on the desegregation of Durham schools. The film will be available to watch from midnight of February 8 until midnight of February 9. Join at uncp.edu/mlk. A UNCP account is required to watch the film.
  • February 9
    • 4 p.m.: RSVP to attend a meeting to become a mentor with the Brave Foundations Mentoring Program. Visit serve.uncp.edu for details.
    • 6 p.m.: Join Dr. Veronica Hardy (Department of Social Work) for Building Upon the Foundation: Manifesting the Vision. Participate virtually at uncp.edu/mlk.
    • 7-8 p.m.: Participate in Painting with Purpose. Take part in painting a canvas that will be donated to an assisted living facility in Robeson County. Spots are limited. To RSVP, visit serve.uncp.edu.
  • February 10
    • 3 p.m.: Join Snacks and Social Justice to discuss the minimum wage. To participate, visit serve.uncp.edu.
    • 5:30 p.m. Women’s basketball versus Augusta University. Watch virtually at uncpbraves.com/live.
    • 7:30 p.m. Men’s basketball versus Augusta University. Watch virtually at uncpbraves.com/live.
  • February 11
    • 2 p.m.: Attend the virtual CARE Resource Center volunteer interest meeting. RSVP at serve.uncp.edu.
    • 5 p.m.: Engage with Natural Love (Community and Civic Engagement) during the Discovering Your Passion through Service workshop. To learn more, visit serve.uncp.edu.
    • 6 p.m.: Join Parker Watson (Campus Engagement and Leadership) as she discusses My Dream is Possible because of Leadership. Participate virtually at uncp.edu/mlk.
    • 7 p.m.: Attend Sustainability 101: Mask and Shirt Recycling. To learn more, visit serve.uncp.edu.
    • 7 p.m.: Wrestling versus Lander University. Watch virtually at uncpbraves.com/live.
  • February 22-23: Student Health Services is sponsoring a blood drive from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Chavis University Center lounge. Sign up at redcrossblood.org/give.

Director of Student Inclusion and Diversity Dr. Lawrence Locklear noted the importance of MLK Week to BraveNation when he stated, “UNC Pembroke proudly joins the nation in celebrating the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through service and engagement opportunities that raise awareness and understanding of the intersectionality of community and civic engagement and social justice.” Dr. Locklear continued, “I challenge BraveNation to join in the celebration and reflect on the week’s theme: “My dream is possible because of…”

MLK Week is sponsored by the Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity, the MLK Week Committee, Athletics, Campus Engagement and Leadership, Career Center, Community and Civic Engagement, Financial Aid, Housing and Residence Life, Residence Hall Association and University Center and Programs.

For more information about MLK Week at UNC Pembroke, please visit uncp.edu/mlk or contact the Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity at 910.521.6508 or osid@uncp.edu.