On June 25, 2021, the UNC Black Student Movement hosted a demonstration in support of journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones who was denied tenure by the UNC Board of Trustees. During the demonstrations, members of the Black Student Movement spoke of a list of demands directed at Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz and the UNC Board of Trustees. Some of the 13 demands include diversifying the Board, a permanent memorial for James Cates and granting Nikole Hannah-Jones tenure.
The inaugural Chapel Hill-Carrboro Juneteenth celebration took place on June 18 and 19. The event was a joint effort between the two towns and local organizations, including the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Office of Equity and Inclusion, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP and the Marian Cheek Jackson Center, to celebrate Black community and culture. Juneteenth — a portmanteau of June 19 — commemorates the end to slavery in the United States. Though the Emancipation Proclamation was issued on Jan. 1, 1863, the practice of slavery was not officially abolished until the summer of 1895. The holiday originated in Texas following the end of the Civil War. This weekend's festivities included the Buy Black campaign, a motorcade through historic Black neighborhood and musical performances from Triangle-based artists.
On April 24th, UNC football took the Kenan Stadium field for the first time in 2021 for its annual Spring exhibition game.
UNC men's basketball faced off against Duke at home at the Smith Center on Saturday, March 6, 2021. UNC finished their season with a sweep of the Duke team, defeating them 91-73. The game also served as senior night for Garrison Brooks, Walker Miller, KJ Smith, and Andrew Platek and marked the Tar Heels as the sixth seed in the ACC Tournament in Greensboro, N.C.
On Sunday, over 1200 people came to UNC's indoor practice facility to participate in National Girls and Women in Sports Day, with all 15 women's varsity teams hosting mini-clinics to allow participants from pre-k through 8th grade to try out new sports.
From the initial analysis of a character's personality to last-minute fittings, UNC's student costume designers work tirelessly to bring plays to life for multiple theater companies. UNC junior Isabella St.Onge discovered her interest in fashion during her childhood. Her mother received a master’s degree in costume design, and St.Onge grew up surrounded by sketches and costuming books. Upon arriving at UNC, she took this fascination with clothing and became involved in student theater groups on campus, including Kenan Theatre Company (KTC) and LAB! Theatre.