University of Utah Office for Equity and Diversity

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Every year we honor the life and achievements of Martin Luther King, Jr. with a week-long celebration, featuring a marade (march/parade), a rally, speeches, and other events. Join us next year to remember this great man!

”If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.“ ― Martin Luther King Jr.


Stolen Rights: Repressed. Revoked. Redefined.

List of Events

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Day of Service
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Bennion Center

A light breakfast will be served followed by a carpool to various service project sites at 9 a.m. Those interested may pre-register at

Monday, January 19, 2015

March/ Rally
2:00 pm - Rally
2:30 pm - March
East High School

Brief presentations will be offered at East High School followed by a 1.3-mile marade (march/parade) to the University of Utah President's Circle. Please dress for the weather and walking.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Community Panel
12:00 pm
Hinckley Institute of Politics, U of U

Panel Members: TBA

Film/ Panel Discussion
4:00 pm
Film: "Freedom on My Mind"

"Freedom on My Mind" is a 1994 documentary about the efforts to register African-American voters in 1960 Mississippi and the formation of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. "Freedom on My Mind" interweaves powerful personal interviews, rare archival film, and television footage. "Freedom on My Mind" was nominated for "Best Feature Documentary" in the 1994 Academy Awards and won the "Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary" (1994) at Sundance Film Festival.

Film Panel: TBA

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Artist Ernesto Yerena
1:30 pm
Union Lounge

Ernesto Yerena's art reflects his observations of the views and interactions between the Mexican communities living on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. His work depicts his frustrations with the oppression in his community as well as creating work in solidarity with the community in defense of dignity and rights. Through his art, he brings political concerns to light with subject matter that depicts cultural icons, rebels and everyday people voicing their stance against oppression. Highly recognized for his activism, Yerena is the founder and curator of the Alto Arizona Art campaign (2010) as well as a founding member of the We Are Human campaign (2009).
Yerena's work will be displayed the whole week in the Union Building.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Keynote - Imani Perry
12:00 pm
Union Ballroom

Imani Perry is a Professor in the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University. She also holds appointments in the Program in Law and Public Affairs and Gender and Sexuality Studies. Professor Perry is the author of two books: More Beautiful and More Terrible: The Embrace and Transcendence of Racial Inequality in the United States (2011), and Prophets of the Hood: Politics and Poetics in Hip Hop (2004.) She has provided social and political commentary for NPR, the Chris Hayes Show, CNN and HuffPostLive, and has written book reviews for the New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle and The London School of Economics Book Review blog. Professor Perry holds a Ph.D and a Law degree from Harvard University, and lectures on a wide range of topics including: Constitutional Law, Race in the United States, Gender Inequality, and Popular Culture.

Partners and Sponsors

Ethnic Studies
Associated Students of the University of Utah (ASUU)
U of U Alumni Association
Hinckley Institute of Polictics
Salt Lake City School District
Bennion Center

Individuals needing additional accommodations for events should contact Wendy Conrad at 801-581-5170 in a timely manner.