Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, UNC! While some may celebrate by sleeping through cancelled classes and leaving particularly spicy missives in our comment section, we at the DTH are honoring the legacy of activism and organization that MLK left behind. Read on for more on that, and on what you missed over the weekend:
QUICK ACTIVISM HITS
- After their abrupt November termination from the UNC Center for Civil Rights, Elizabeth Haddix and Mark Dorosin have continued their legal work through the newly founded Julius L. Chambers Center for Civil Rights.
- It’s been 57 years since Stanley Vickers became the first black student enrolled at the all-white Chapel Hill Junior High. We talked to him, and former students at all-black high schools in Orange County, about their experiences of segregation.
- Climate change awareness, lunch for boycotters and anti-racist organizing: here’s how members of the UNC activist community have made their mark on the school year.
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY
- “2018 marks 50 years since the assassination of Dr. King, and we want to explore the question of, 'Where are we 50 years later?'" Several local organizations are hosting events to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy today, including the Chapel Hill-Carrboro branch of the NAACP and the Sonja Haynes’ Stone Center.
- OPINION: Martin Luther King, Jr. has been used far too often as a political prop both in Chapel Hill and nationally. Instead, we should strive for activism — and, yes, the end of UNC’s confederate memorial — in his honor.
- For now, UNC men’s basketball can breathe a sigh of relief for surviving a nail-biter in a hostile environment. But the No. 20 Tar Heels’ 69-68 victory over Notre Dame raises some concerns as conference play continues.
- Best in the state AND best in the country? Yeah, that sounds right. UNC track and field dominated the Carolina Cup, with junior Nicole Greene clearing six-foot-two in the high jump to set the current record for 2018 in the NCAA.
- UNC swimming and diving shook off the rust from winter break pretty effectively — they swept their first meet of 2018, trouncing Penn State and Navy on Saturday.
- The same can’t be said for UNC gymnastics, who dropped their first meet of the season against N.C. State. But, the team is optimistic for the season ahead based on little victories within the loss.