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Civil Rights Activist Dr. Benjamin Chavis


By all accounts, Dr. Benjamin Chavis is a North Carolina legacy. The civil rights leader was not only on the forefront of civil rights protests in the state as a student at UNC Charlotte but he went on to serve in national leadership roles for the NAACP, the Million Man March and more. In 2010 a major feature film was made in North Carolina titled Blood Done Sign My Name. Dr. Chavis’ life and career was a focus of the film. Dr. Chavis returns to UNC Charlotte for a slate of events, including a screening of the film. He’ll share highlights of his career and discuss civil rights in our time.

Dr. Benjamin Chavis
- Civil Rights activist and former Head of the NAACP

Dr. Benjamin Chavis, a UNC Charlotte alumnus, will return to campus on Wednesday, Feb. 19, and Thursday, Feb. 20, as part of the Alumni Association’s Celebrating African American Legacies slate of events.

  • At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19, there will be a screening and discussion with Chavis about the film Blood Done Sign My Name at the UNC Charlotte Student Union. The event is free and open to the public.
  • From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, Chavis will be recognized at a reception at UNC Charlotte Center City. The event is $10 per person and open to the public. Registration.