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.


Beneath the Hoodie: A Look at Racial Profiling in America

The theme for this year’s event is "Beneath the Hoodie: A Look at Racial Profiling in America." A conversation with Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, and a keynote address by award-winning journalist, activist and author Marc Lamont Hill headline the week’s activities.

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Thursday, January 16

A Conversation with Sybrina Fulton
12:00 pm
Union Balloom, U of U

Sybrina Fulton’s 17-year-old son, Trayvon Martin, was shot by George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of second-degree murder in July. Since Martin’s death, Fulton has spoken against the controversial ruling and raised awareness of racial, ethnic and gender profiling. Fulton will meet with students and community members to answer questions and participate in a discussion with the audience.

Click here to learn more about the Trayvon Martin Foundation.

Friday, January 17, 2014

"Only Light" Opening Reception
6:00 - 9:00 pm
Rio Gallery

The exhibition Only Light will open January 17, 2014 in the Rio Gallery with a reception from 6 – 9 p.m. The exhibition will run through February 14, 2014. This exhibition explores civil and human rights issues, both past and present. The artworks included examine topics that relate to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s spirit and accomplishments during the United States Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. Additionally, this exhibition considers artworks that have a dialogue with current civil and human rights issues. Artists both contemporary and historical are included to recognize the varied populations that have struggled for equality, and the patterns and progress of movements that have occurred over time.

The Rio Gallery, 300 S. Rio Grande Street in Salt Lake City, is open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday, as well as Saturday, January 25 and Saturday, February 8 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Artists include Carlos Anderson, Lenka Konopasek, Beth Krensky, Darnel Haney, Trent Alvey, Carey Ann Francis, Trevor Southey, Margaret Tarampi, Christopher Gauthier, Lynn Hoffman-Brouse, Annie Brewer, Rosi Hayes, Alex Moya, Mary Toscano, Fidalis Buehler, Cori Redstone, Lily Havey, Jeronimo Lozano, Jorge Rojas and Diego Aguirre. Additionally, showings of the documentary Utah’s Freedom Riders, courtesy of KUED, will be part of the exhibition.

This exhibition is a collaboration between the Utah Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Utah Arts & Museums Visual Arts program.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Day of Service
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Union Food Court, U of U

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 20, 2014

March for Youth
2:00 pm - Rally
2:30 pm - March
East High School

The University of Utah and greater Salt Lake community commemorate the Rev. France A. Davis Scholarship, established in 2008. The scholarship provides African American students with financial assistance, mentoring and academic support. A brief presentation will be given by the Rev. France A. Davis at East High School, followed by a 1.3-mile March for Youth to Kingsbury Hall on the U campus. Donations accepted at the end of the march go toward the scholarship fund.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Campus & Community Panel: "Positive Youth Development: Community Resistance to Institutionalized Racial Profiling"
12:00 pm
Hinckley Institute of Politics, U of U

Jennifer Napier-Pearce of the Salt Lake Tribune will facilitate a panel discussion about the damaging effects of racial profiling and how to combat it. Panelists include Chris Burbank, Salt Lake City police chief; Debbie Rocha, director of Salt Lake Early Intervention Services; Brenda Valles, director of Research and Assessment at the U; and Theresa Martinez, associate professor in the Department of Sociology at the U.

WED, January 22, 2014

Joaquín Zihuatanejo
12:00 pm
Union Ballroom, U of U

Award-winning teacher and poet Joaquin Zihuatanejo will demonstrate a dramatic and passionate spoken-word performance on youth and social issues faced today.

Film/ Panel Discussion
5:00 pm
Social Behavioral Science Lecture Hall Auditorium, U of U

"Crimes of Police" is a documentary on police brutality in American from the point of view of victims who have been racially profiled. Following the film, a panel of city officials, community members and the film’s director/producer will discuss the film.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Keynote - Marc Lamont Hill
12:00 pm
Kingsbury Hall, U of U

Marc Lamont Hill is one of the leading hip-hop generation intellectuals in the country. His work, which covers topics such as culture, politics, education, racial profiling and the war on youth, has appeared in numerous journals, magazines, books and anthologies. Hill works with African American and Latino youth through a literacy project he started using hip-hop culture to increase school engagement and reading skills among high school students. He provides regular commentary for media outlets, including NPR, Washington Post, Essence Magazine, CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times and Fox News Channel, where he was a political contributor and regular guest on The O’Reilly Factor.

While all events are free, tickets are required for the keynote address by Marc Lamont Hill. Tickets are available at or by calling the Performing Arts Ticket Office at 801-581-7100.

Partners and Sponsors

Ethnic Studies
Associated Students of the University of Utah (ASUU)
U of U Alumni Association
Goldman Sachs
Zion's Bank
Hinckley Institute of Polictics
Salt Lake City School District
City Weekly
Bennion Center

Individuals needing additional accommodations for events should contact Karla Motta at (801) 581-7569 in a timely manner.