By: Anayah L. Peterson, Managing Editor
Bakari Sellers is the writer of “Who Are You People?” Photo/ Harper Collins Publishing
After being rescheduled due to COVID-19 concerns, Martin Luther King Week, also known as MLK Week will now be hosted during the week of Feb. 14-19. This was announced by The Office of Student Inclusion & Diversity and the MLK Week Committee.
Several events offered during MLK Week will be in-person because of the lifted restrictions at UNCP. The purpose of the week is to have students engaged with the community. To focus on conversations about social justice and civic issues. The theme for this year’s week is “Empowerment through Community Engagement.”
MLK Week is sponsored by the Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity, the MLK Week Committee, Career Center, Community and Civic Engagement, Housing & Residence Life, Residence Hall Association, Student Health Services and UNCP Athletics. They will all be working together to host several events throughout the week.
On Feb. 15, students can participate in a virtual part-time job and volunteer fair to learn about the opportunities available to them. These students will also learn how to be engaged with their community.
“Poetic Justice” will be on Feb. 16. It is an artistic poetry slam that explores Black ex- periences and racial justice at the UC Annex. Students are encouraged to share their stories through art and music. During the same night, students can participate in a Kahoot on MLK and Civil Rights Movement trivia.
The week will end Feb. 19. This is MLK Day of Service, which encourages the UNCP community to join in opportunities of service with different partners in Pembroke.
During the whole month of February at the UC Mall, banners will be presented with quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. These quotes will be from the Career Center.
Students and the community can keep up with these events on Braveconnect. Additionally, their organization pages on Instagram.