N.C. A&T and UNCG to Commemorate MLK with Joint Celebration

Editor’s Note: Due to inclement weather, some events were rescheduled. Event locations, dates and times have been updated.

Payton-Head-Image.jpgGREENSBORO, N.C.  (Feb. 5, 2018) – For the sixth consecutive year, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro will host a joint celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This year’s main event will now be at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 12, in Harrison Auditorium on the campus of North Carolina A&T, with a theme of “Moving America Forward in the Age of Trump.”

The commemorative program, free and open to the public, will feature keynote speaker Payton Head, former student government president at the University of Missouri.

In the fall of 2015, Head spoke out strongly about systemic racism on campus. In particular, his Facebook post describing bigotry around the university, including an incident in which passengers in a pickup truck shouted slurs at him, went viral and ignited a student body fight for a more inclusive campus. Subsequent protests drew national attention and ultimately lead to the resignation of both the university chancellor and the president of the UM System.

Head went on to organize and present at the first White House Convening for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Ed. He also developed partnerships with the National Campus Leadership Council and the Department of Education to co-author a how-to guide for student leaders to address inclusion. The guide has become a benchmark for campuses nationwide.

Head received an NAACP Image Award, was featured in Spike Lee’s ESPN documentary, “2 Fists Up,” and has presented at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. A member of the LGBTQ community, he frequently speaks on the intersection of race and sexual identity and has been featured in numerous national media outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post and CNN.

Rescheduled events are as follows: 

Monday, Feb. 12
  • Masterclass with Payton Head on Student Activism and the Power of the Student Voice
    10 – 11:30 a.m., UNCG Elliott University Auditorium
    Open to N.C. A&T and UNCG students only
    Must present student ID
    Call 336-334-7800 for information on shuttles from N.C. A&T

  • Lunch with Payton Head
    Noon – 1 p.m. UNCG Moran Dining Hall,
    Open to N.C. A&T and UNCG students only
    Must present student ID
    Limited Free Ticket information at www.intercultural.uncg.edu

  • A live stream conversation with Payton Head, N.C. A&T SGA president Kayla Tate and UNCG SGA president Holly Shields
    1:15 – 1:45 p.m.

  • Commemorative Program with Keynote Speaker Payton Head
    7 p.m., N.C. A&T Harrison Auditorium, doors open at 6:15 p.m.
    Featuring the N.C. A&T Jazz Ensemble and UNCG’s Real Anointed Worshippers Gospel Choir 

Free shuttle services will be available for students to and from events on UNCG and N.C. A&T’s campuses. Pickup locations at N.C. A&T are ACB and parking deck every half hour beginning at 9:30 a.m. 

For additional information regarding the joint celebration, contact the Multicultural Student Center at A&T at 336-334-7800 or email msc@ncat.edu.