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Martin Luther King Jr. celebration: National Urban League president Marc Morial will give the keynote speech for the university’s celebration of the life, work and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 20 in the Cone University Center’s McKnight Hall.

Morial’s free public talk, “Building Bridges Through Civility, Justice and Action,” is sponsored by the UNC Charlotte Multicultural Resource Center. UNCC Chancellor Philip L. Dubois will deliver a presentation, and the Voices of Eden Gospel Choir will perform. A community reception will follow in the Lucas Room.


Martha Graham dance piece restaged: Students from the UNC Charlotte Department of Dance will perform Martha Graham’s “Steps in the Street” (1936) in a Jan. 20 Knight Theater program with the Martha Graham Dance Company, presented by the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.

Performances will be at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. “Steps in the Street,” with its subtitle, “Devastation – Homelessness – Exile,” is part of a larger work, “Chronicle,” created by Graham in response to the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War.

In February, the students will reprise their performance at the Joyce Theater in New York City at the Martha Graham Dance Company’s University Partners Showcase. Public prices begin at $20. Advance student tickets are $15.

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49ers for Life: The American Red Cross is encouraging residents to help save lives by giving blood anytime from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Jan. 20 at the sixth annual UNCC “49ers for Life” blood drive.

All presenting donors will receive a commemorative Red Cross T-shirt, a free pint of Blue Bell Ice Cream and free food provided by several local vendors, while supplies last.

Appointments are recommended; visit and enter the sponsor code “49ers4Life”; call 800-733-2767; or download the Red Cross blood-donor application from the App Store or Google Play.