The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Branch of the NAACP, alongside various UNC organizations, is hosting several free, public events to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on campus and around Chapel Hill.
The events begin at 9 a.m. with a rally at the Peace and Justice Plaza on East Franklin Street. The rally will be led by UNC’s chapter of the NAACP and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP’s Youth Council. UNC graduate and Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Award recipient Quinton Harper is the keynote speaker for the event.
Harper said he was inspired to speak at the rally by Oprah Winfrey’s recent speech at the Golden Globe Awards in which she asserted the power of using one’s voice to speak out against injustice. This year Harper said he hopes to appeal to the younger generation in his community organizing efforts across North Carolina.
“Using my voice is a theme for me in 2018," Harper said. "I wanted to lend my voice towards this movement and towards really reaching back into the community and inspiring, mobilizing and pulling along young people."
Harper said he has been humbled and inspired by the efforts of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP, as well as UNC’s chapter.