UNCG and N.C. A&T are partnering for the fourth straight year to host the 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21., at Harrison Auditorium on N.C. A&T’s campus.

This year’s program, “From Drums to Hashtags: The Generational Conversation on Justice,” features a keynote address by President Emerita of Bennett College Dr. Julianne Malveaux, a renowned economist, writer, educator and civic leader.

photo of Julianne Malverux

Dr. Julianne Malveaux

The event is free and open to the public. Free shuttle service from UNCG (Walker Circle) to N.C. A&T will be available from 6 to 10:30 p.m.

“It’s really special to be able to partner with N.C. A&T to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., especially in a city with a strong civil rights history,” said UNCG Chancellor Dr. Frank Gilliam. “We’re excited to welcome Dr. Malveaux back to Greensboro as we collectively reflect on how far we’ve come and the work that still needs to be done.”

A pre-event reception with Malveaux will take place from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. on Thursday in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House. The event includes hors d’oeuvres, and a selection of Malveaux’s books will be for sale. UNCG and N.C. A&T students, faculty and staff are invited to attend this special gathering.

During the evening celebration, UNCG will present its MLK Service Award, an annual recognition that honors a student whose community engagement embodies the spirit of King’s service.

After the keynote address, Malveaux will answer questions and engage in dialogue with attendees.

As a writer and syndicated columnist, Malveaux’s work appears regularly in USA Today, Black Issues in Higher Education and Essence magazine, among other publications. She currently serves on the boards of the Economic Policy Institute, the Recreation Wish List Committee of Washington, D.C., and the Liberian Education Trust. Malveaux is founder of Last Word Productions, Inc., a multimedia production company that serves as a vehicle for her work and products. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from Boston College and holds a doctorate in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

For more information about the event, visit intercultural.uncg.edu.