MLK, Jr. Memorial Banquet

Event Overview

Since 1993, we have awarded more than 150 scholarships to Chapel Hill and Orange County high school and college students. These students have demonstrated a commitment to community involvement and improvement through their civic, educational and religious activities. We look forward to your continued supports of our efforts to help these deserving students at our upcoming virtual event.

2023 event AGENDA

This year’s Master of Ceremonies is Bishop L. Gene Hatley. Our funding goal is to award 15-20 non-renewable scholarships. Our ambitious goal can only be achieved with the strong support of the community.  After two years of hosting this event online, we are returning to an in-person event for 2023. The banquet will highlight our work and showcase the scholarship recipients and awards honorees. The 2023 agenda is below.  If you have questions please email for support.


More details regarding the 2023 MLK Jr. Memorial Banquet will be posted soon.

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Opening Remarks
Bishop L. Gene Hatley

Master of Ceremonies


lift every voice and sing
UNC Gospel Choir-Voices of Praise


echoes from the Chancellor
Kevin M. Guskiewicz

Chancellor, UNC-Chapel Hill

MLK Message
musical selection
UNC Gospel Choir-Voices of Praise
greetings from 2022 scholarship recipient

Bridge Builder Award
Ms. Lillian Lee and ms. delores bailey
Citizenship Award
Ms. Delores Bailey
Keynote Speaker introduction
Ms. Patricia Harris

Senior Director University Office for Diversity & Inclusion, UNC-Chapel Hill

Dr. Leah Cox

Vice Provost of Equity & Inclusion|Chief Diversity Office
UNC-Chapel Hill

musical selection
UNC Gospel Choir-Voices of Praise
Bishop L. Gene Hatley

Master of Ceremonies