Chapel Hill and Carrboro communities will hold several events to recognize the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. The holiday honors King's life work as a minister and leader in the civil rights movement.
Greear Webb, a UNC student and the chief of staff and director of social justice at SIDEKICKS Academy, said the civil rights movement of the 1960s never truly ended.
"We see many of the same issues that Black and brown Americans in the '60s faced, today," he said.
Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP event
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP will be hosting its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at First Baptist Church on Monday, Jan. 16 at 11 a.m.
Lee Moavenzadeh, the co-chairperson of the Religious Affairs Committee at the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP, said she hopes people will be called to participate in the day and feel inspired to build "a more just Chapel Hill."
“We always use the observance of Reverend King's birthday as a time to just kind of center ourselves and remind ourselves of why we do this work and the ultimately moral nature of the work,” Moavenzadeh said.
The theme of this year's celebration is “A New Set of Voices for a New Day in the Movement,” featuring two choirs and Webb as the keynote speaker. Moavenzadeh said the organization wants to especially center the event around young voices.
Webb said King has always been an inspiration to him, and is honored — especially as a young person — to deliver a speech on a day that commemorates King's legacy.