UNC-Asheville Celebrates MLK with Commemoration

UNC Asheville’s annual commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. will feature a keynote address by the award-winning journalist, author and civil rights pioneer Charlayne Hunter-Gault, free and open to everyone, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, in the Highsmith Student Union Blue Ridge Room on campus.

Master classes, workshops on social justice, documentary film, music, dance, and spoken word from blues-based poet Arthur Flowers will also be featured as part of the University commemoration of Dr. King.

Tuesday, Jan. 21 – Charlayne Hunter-Gault – A veteran journalist who gained fame as longtime national and international correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, Charlayne Hunter-Gault has also reported for CNN, NPR, The New York Times, and The New Yorker. She is the author of four books, and a pioneer of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement who successfully challenged segregation in court, and was the first black woman to attend the University of Georgia. (a more complete bio follows below)

• Master Class: Up Close and Personal: A Chat with Charlayne Hunter-Gault, moderated by UNC Asheville Assistant Professor of English Mildred Barya – 4 p.m., Highsmith Student Union Room 228.

• Keynote Address: From Jim Crow America to Apartheid South Africa and Beyond – An Activist Journalist’s Journey – 7 p.m., Highsmith Student Union Blue Ridge Room.

Wednesday, Jan. 22 – Documentary Film on the History of Lynching in America

• Always in Season – This 2019 film, produced and directed by Jacqueline Olive, won the Special Jury Prize for Moral Urgency at the Sundance Film Festival. – 7 p.m., Highsmith Student Union Grotto.

Thursday, Jan. 23 – Social Justice in Action Workshop

• Why We March. How We March: The Culture of Organizing and Community Building — 5:30 p.m., Highsmith Student Union Mountain Suites.

Tuesday, Jan. 28 – Master Class on the Intersection of the Arts and Global Citizenship

• Shared Poetics Across Disciplines: Cultivating Global Citizenship – 1:20 p.m., Lipinsky Hall, Room 018.

Tuesday, Jan. 28 – Arthur Flowers — Memphis-born blues-based poet, novelist, essayist, and practitioner of literary hoodoo, Arthur Flowers is an associate professor of English at Syracuse University and is former director of the Harlem Writers Guild.

• Literary Blues and the Hoodoo Way – In the Footsteps of MLK – e – 7 p.m., Highsmith Student Union Blue Ridge Room.

For more information, email ceander2@unca.edu or call 828-258-7727.

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