Davis, a famous political activist, kicked off the University’s week-long celebration of King’s legacy in a standing-room only presentation. UNC has celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day for 32 years, led by the Department of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs’ MLK Celebration Committee.
Davis said King’s messages can be applied today, nearly half a century after his death. She referenced the national riots following the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, both unarmed black men, at the hands of police.
“Because of the events of the past six months or so, with the killing of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, there is a context to this year’s observance of Martin Luther King day,” Davis said.
“Last summer in Ferguson, in New York, in Chicago, and other places all over the world, people took to the streets with their hands up, shouting ‘No justice, no peace.’ We take the streets to make sure change is on the agenda.”