MLK 2017
Check out this year's poster!

At the University of Utah, we celebrate the educational access and opportunities that Dr. King's legacy has provided in the United States. MLK week has become a platform to engage students, faculty, staff and community members in critical conversations around contemporary Civil Rights issues and race in America. This year's MLK Celebration will be held January 14 - 21, 2017, and we invite you to participate in our many events we will be hosting throughout campus.

  • Taylor Mac
  • January 14
  • 7:30 PM
  • Kingsbury Hall
  • Equal parts community organizer, Elizabethan fool and bedazzled bon vivant, Taylor Mac has created internationally award-winning performance events that at once provoke and embrace his diverse audience. Mac is beloved for his iconic beauty, disarming vulnerability, and soaring spirit. Drawing from his current project, A 24 Decade History of Popular Music, which includes an epic performance over 24 continuous hours, this show will kick off MLK Week on campus and feature songs from 1946-1976, from the Civil Rights Movement to the Stonewall Riots.
  • Rally & March
  • January 16
  • 2:30 PM
  • East High School
  • With Dr. King’s footsteps forging the pathway towards equity, we march to commemorate his legacy and the work of many activists during the Civil Rights movement. Join us for a rally and march (from East High to Kingsbury Hall) celebrating the legacy of MLK!
    Rally @ 2:30 pm
    March @ 3:00 - 4:00 pm
    For ADA accommodations, contact Estela Hernandez at (801)587-3342.
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • January 18
  • 12:00 PM
  • Kingsbury Hall
  • Recipient of a 2015 “Genius Grant” from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Ta-Nehisi Coates is an American writer, journalist, and educator who writes about the Black American experience. Coates is currently a national correspondent for The Atlantic discussing cultural, social, and political issues, particularly in regard to the Black community.
    Streaming Locations:
    Edgar J. Thompson Chamber Music Hall, DGH (School of Music)
    A. Ray Olpin Union, East Ballroom
  • Pizza & Politics
  • January 19
  • 12:30 PM
  • Old Moot Courtroom (Bldg 73, Rm 110)
  • We Live It. We Breathe It.
    A Discussion on Systemic Racism

    This year’s theme, “We Live It. We Breathe It: A Discussion on Systemic Racism,” is inspired by the analogy of writer and educator, Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, who describes systemic racism as smog in the air. Tatum writes, “Sometimes it is so thick it is visible, other times it is less apparent, but always, day in and day out, we are breathing it in.” Systemic racism is composed of policies, practices, behaviors and ideas that have affected how we all navigate the socio-political and economic realms today and throughout our U.S. history.
    The panel discussion will explore the ways in which these systems are manifested and ways we can achieve more fundamental and systemic levels of change.
  • Day of Service
  • January 21
  • 8:45 AM
  • Various Locations
  • Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy by volunteering at various causes throughout the Salt Lake City Valley!
    Services include:
    First Step House
    Utah Food Bank
    Service Corner
    American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign
    Maliheh Free Clinic
    Big Brothers Big Sisters
    Utah AIDS Foundation
    Friends for Sight
    For additional questions, contact Bryce Williams at 801-581-4811.
Thank you to our committee members and sponsors!
  • Committee Members:
  • Neelam Chand
  • Estela Hernandez
  • Vanessa Ruelas
  • Juan Salazar
  • Frances Battle
  • Kathleen Christy
  • Robin Wilks-Dunn
  • Jacquelyn Ledford
  • Franci Taylor
  • Bryce Williams
  • Sheldon Woods
  • Romeo Jackson
  • Gabriella Blanchard
  • Rudy Medina
  • Lillian Tsosie-Jensen
  • Feleti Matagi
  • Tamara Stevenson
  • Irene Ota
  • Steve Bell
  • Hamza Yaqoobi
  • Edie Park
  • Mindy Johnston
  • Kaya Aman
  • Patrick McShane
  • Ed Munoz
  • Sponsors:
  • Office for Equity and Diversity
  • College of Social Work
  • Utah Presents
  • Bennion Center
  • College of Humanities
  • College of Science
  • College of Mines and Earth Sciences
  • College of Nursing
  • Marriott Library
  • Honors College
  • Division of Ethnic Studies
  • ASUU
  • Avenues Smith's
  • Zions Bank
  • East High School
  • Hinckley Institute of Politics
  • Westminster College
  • Catholic Diocese
  • Salt Lake City Police Department
  • Salt Lake City School District
  • LGBT Resource Center
  • Salt Lake City Community College
  • College of Social and Behavioral Studies
  • School of Medicine
  • College of Health
  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Music