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N.C. A&T and UNCG to host 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Dr. Julianne Malveaux, economist and president emerita of Bennett College, to give keynote address

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (N.C. A&T) and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) has partnered for the fourth consecutive year to host the 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 21., at Harrison Auditorium on N.C. A&T’s campus.

This year’s program, “From Drums to Hashtags: The Generational Conversation on Justice,” features a keynote address by President Emerita of Bennett College Dr. Julianne Malveaux -  a renowned economist, writer, educator and civic leader. The event is free and open to the public.

“It is certainly a pleasure to have Dr. Malveaux as our keynote speaker. Her commitment as a civic leader truly captures the spirit of Dr. King’s legacy,” said Dr. Melody Pierce, vice chancellor of Student Affairs. “North Carolina A&T has always played a major role in civil rights. We are proud to partner with UNCG on such a great occasion; in honor of such a great man.”

"It's really special to be able to partner with N.C. A&T to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., especially in a city with a strong civil rights history," said UNCG Chancellor Dr. Frank Gilliam. "We're excited to welcome Dr. Malveaux back to Greensboro as we collectively reflect on how far we've come and the work that still needs to be done."

The celebration will include a presentation of N.C. A&T’s MLK Scholarship Award and UNCG’s MLK Service Award, as well as artistic presentations by . A&T students. After the keynote address, attendees will participate in a question and answer session with Malveaux.

As a writer and syndicated columnist, Malveaux’s work appears regularly in USA Today, Black Issues in Higher Education and Essence magazine, among other publications. She currently serves on the boards of the Economic Policy Institute, the Recreation Wish List Committee of Washington, D.C. and the Liberian Education Trust. Malveaux is founder of Last Word Productions, Inc., a multimedia production company that serves as a vehicle for her work and products. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from Boston College and holds a doctorate in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.   

For more information about the event, visit N.C. A&T or UNCG online.  

About N.C. A&T
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is the nation’s largest historically black university. It is a land-grant, doctoral research university and constituent member of the University of North Carolina system. A&T is known for its leadership in producing graduates in engineering, agriculture and other STEM fields. The university was founded in 1891 and is located in Greensboro, North Carolina. A&T is celebrating 125 years of exemplary graduate and undergraduate instruction, transformative research and intentional community engagement.

About The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a high-research activity university as classified by the Carnegie Foundation. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC system institutions, UNCG is the most diverse university in the state with 19,400 students and 3,000 faculty and staff members representing more than 90 nationalities. With 82 undergraduate, 63 master’s and 28 doctoral programs, UNCG is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in education, health and wellness, the performing arts, business and the arts and sciences, among others. For additional information, please visit