Dear Niner Nation,
On Monday, we will recognize the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On what would have been his 94th birthday, I hope you will pause to reflect on his dream for a better, more equitable world.
In a memorable 1968 sermon, Dr. King said, “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.” At the heart of UNC Charlotte's mission is the desire to serve our community. We do this through providing accessible education; fostering innovation and discovery; and striving every day to be leaders in equity and engagement.
The University is honoring Dr. King’s legacy with a series of events on campus and in our community. The University’s Office of Identity, Equity and Engagement will present “From Dream to Reality: Discussing Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Legacy with Alumni Leaders” at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17, in the Cone University Center’s McKnight Hall. The event features a panel of distinguished alumni and is free and open to the public. You can learn more about this and other MLK events in this article.
Additionally, on Saturday, January 28, all Niners are invited to join others nationwide for the annual MLK Day of Service. There will be opportunities to serve on campus and throughout the community. Visit the Leadership and Community Engagement website to learn more. You will also find resources on ways you can give back throughout the year.
However and whenever you choose to serve, I hope Dr. King’s legacy will be a powerful inspiration for what is possible when we work together for positive change.
Sharon L. Gaber