UNCA’s 2020 Commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.

Charlayne Hunter-Gault
Charlayne Hunter-Gault is an award-winning journalist and a pioneer of the US Civil Rights Movement.

Keynote talk by Charlayne Hunter-Gault, performance poetry by Arthur Flowers, and more!

UNC Asheville’s annual commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. will feature a keynote address on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 by award-winning journalist, author, and civil rights pioneer Charlayne Hunter-Gault. The event is free and open to everyone, and takes place at 7 p.m. in the Highsmith Student Union Blue Ridge Room on the campus of UNCA.

Master classes, workshops on social justice, documentary film, music, dance, and spoken word from blues-based poet Arthur Flowers will also be featured as part of the UNCA’s commemoration of Dr. King.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Up Close and Personal: A Chat with Charlayne Hunter-Gault, moderated by UNC Asheville Assistant Professor of English Mildred Barya. This master class begins at 4 p.m. in Highsmith Student Union Room 228.

Tuesday, January 21

From Jim Crow America to Apartheid South Africa and Beyond—an Activist Journalist’s Journey. Keynote address by Charlayne Hunter-Gault, a veteran journalist who gained fame as longtime national and international correspondent for the PBS NewsHour. Keynote Address begins at 7 p.m., Highsmith Student Union Blue Ridge Room.

Hunter-Gault has reported for CNN, NPR, The New York Times, and The New Yorker. She is the author of four books, and a pioneer of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. Hunter-Gault successfully challenged segregation in court, and was the first black woman to attend the University of Georgia.

Wednesday, January 22

Screening of Always in Season, a documentary on the history of lynching in America. This 2019 film, produced and directed by Jacqueline Olive, won the Special Jury Prize for Moral Urgency at the Sundance Film Festival. Reporting on four American communities where descendants of victims and perpetrators are working together to heal, the film explores the lingering impact of more than a century of lynching African Americans and connects this form of historic racial terrorism to racial violence today. Screening begins at 7 p.m. in Highsmith Student Union Grotto.

Thursday, January 23

Social Justice in Action Workshop. Why We March. How We March: The Culture of Organizing and Community Building. This workshop will be led by Cortina Caldwell, founder and creative director for Artists Designing Evolution, LLC (adé PROJECT). Workshop begins at 5:30 p.m. in Highsmith Student Union Mountain Suites.

Tuesday, January 28

The Intersection of the Arts and Global Citizenship. Shared Poetics Across Disciplines: Cultivating Global Citizenship. UNC Asheville faculty, staff, and students from many different departments and programs will join for a conversation on the intersection of music, performance, creative writing, activism, civic engagement, and global citizenship. Moderators will be Assistant Professor of Music Jonathan King and Assistant Professor of English Mildred Barya. This master class begins at 1:20 p.m., Lipinsky Hall, Room 018.

Arthur Flowers

Tuesday, January 28

Literary Blues and the Hoodoo Way—In the Footsteps of MLK. This performance and lecture by Arthur Flowers will also feature opening music by UNC Asheville’s Afro Music and Dance Ensemble. Flowers, the Memphis-born blues-based poet, novelist, essayist, and practitioner of literary hoodoo, is an associate professor of English at Syracuse University and is former director of the Harlem Writers Guild. His books include Another Good Loving Blues, Mojo Rising: Confessions of a 21st Century Conjureman, and Brer Rabbit Retold.

Performance and lecture by Arthur Flowers begins at 7 p.m., Highsmith Student Union Blue Ridge Room.

Parking on the UNCA Campus

Visitors may park in faculty/staff and non-resident lots from 5 p.m. until 7:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, and on weekends, holidays, and campus breaks. Visitors are not permitted to park in resident student lots at any time.

For more information, contact Cori Anderson, UNC Asheville associate director of cultural events and engaged citizenship, ceander2@unca.edu or (828) 258-7727.


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