Former United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch spoke at the 37th annual UNC Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote Lecture and Award Ceremony as the keynote speaker for the event.
The lecture was originally scheduled for Jan. 18 as part of the MLK Week of Celebration, but due to University closure caused by snow, the event was rescheduled for Monday night.
The Greensboro native was chosen as this year’s keynote speaker by the University's MLK Celebration Committee for the Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration.
Junior Sophia McFarlane is the MLK Celebration Coordinator and helped bring Lynch to the event. McFarlane, along with representatives from campus organizations involved with the event, said they chose Lynch in a unanimous decision due to the insights she is able to provide through her identity and life experiences.
“We chose Loretta because we wanted an intersectional approach to Dr. King’s vision,” McFarlane said. “So, we wanted someone who identifies with multiple identities, so as a black woman, she has navigated both fields, as well as with her experience in the political atmosphere.”