MLK 2018
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 13 - 23, 2018, and we invite you to participate in our many events we will be hosting throughout campus.

  • MLK Day of Service
  • January 13
  • 9:00 AM
  • Various
  • Honors the legacy of Dr. King and his work by working alongside the Salt Lake community. Opportunities include:
    Friends for Sight
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah
    International Rescue Committee - Spice Kitchen
    The Road Home
    Primary Children's Craft Kits
    Service Corner - Knitting Necessities
    First Step House
    Best Friends Animal Society
    Red Butte Gardens
    American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign
  • March & Rally
  • January 15
  • 2:30 PM
  • East High School to Kingsbury Hall
  • 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.
  • Toxic: A Conversation on Environmental Racism
  • January 17
  • 12:15 AM
  • Union Ballroom
  • This year’s theme addresses the intentionality of environmental racism through systems and policies that disproportionately regulate zoning laws, chemical and toxic waste, and access to natural resources for communities of color as a way to further inequity of social, economic, and political power.

    These types of policies still exist today and have manifested through current issues like the Dakota access pipeline, Flint water crisis, and natural disaster relief. To give us a more in-depth look, we’ve invited experts from across the country to speak on a panel and share their research and perspectives regarding these particular topics.
  • Pizza & Politics
  • January 18
  • 12:00 PM
  • Hinckley Caucus Room
  • Topic & Panelists: TBA
  • Jacqueline Woodson
  • January 23
  • 12:00 PM
  • Gould Auditorium
  • Jacqueline Woodson is the author of more than two dozen award-winning books for young adults, middle graders, and children. Among her many accolades, she is the 2014 National Book Award winner for her New York Times bestselling memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, which was also a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award and the NAACP Image Award, and was named a Newbery Honor Book and a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book.

    This event is sponsored by World of Children's Literature
Thank you to our committe members and sponsors!
  • Committee Members:
  • Estela Hernandez
  • Neelam Chand
  • Vanessa Ruelas
  • Juan Salazar
  • Frances Battle
  • Kathleen Christy
  • Robin Wilks-Dunn
  • Franci Taylor
  • Bryce Williams
  • Sheldon Woods
  • Romeo Jackson
  • Gabriella Blanchard
  • Rudy Medina
  • Feleti Matagi
  • Tamara Stevenson
  • Irene Ota
  • Steve Bell
  • Hamza Yaqoobi
  • Mindy Johnston
  • Kaya Aman
  • Ed Munoz
  • Amerique Phillips
  • Sponsors:
  • Office for Equity and Diversity
  • S.J. Quinney College of Law
  • College of Social Work
  • Utah Presents
  • Bennion Center
  • Marriott Library
  • Division of Ethnic Studies
  • ASUU
  • East High School
  • Hinckley Institute of Politics
  • Westminster College
  • Salt Lake City Police Department
  • Salt Lake City School District
  • LGBT Resource Center
  • Salt Lake City Community College