The first annual “I Have a Dream UNC Exhibit” in the Student Union Art Gallery is a new photo project aiming to inspire people to achieve their own dreams. Founded by UNC junior Tafadzwa Matika, the event will focus on uniting the viewers through their sense of identity and purpose.
“We hope to create a safe space through which people can be themselves and create their own narratives,” Matika said. “It’s about helping each person in the community embrace that and to celebrate each other.”
The exhibit will also focus on overcoming stereotypes, which Matika believes is done through dreams.
“Just as MLK had a dream, everyone else has a dream,” he said.
The exhibit is put on with the help of the Diversity and Multicultural Affairs Department, which has been leading MLK celebration events since Sunday. Assistant director Josmell Perez said one of the most important parts of the exhibit, along with other celebration events this week, is having students help organize it.
“It’s about empowering them and making sure they know they have a voice,” he said.
“He was a Poem, He was a Song” will take place tonight and is an annual, performance art tribute to King. Starting at 7 p.m. in the Sonja Haynes Stone Center, the tribute features spoken word and music, including a performance from Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Carolyn Malachi.
Clarissa Goodlett, the program and public communications officer of the Stone Center, said choosing the groups to perform each year is based on those with an interest in activism.