MLK

MLK 2020
Check out this year's poster!

James L. Farmer, Jr., leader and activist of the Civil Rights Movement, highlighted the true process of social change when he stated, “Anyone who said they weren’t afraid during the civil rights movement was either a liar or without imagination. I was scared all the time. My hands didn’t shake, but inside I was shaking.” In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and countless others who chose to vacate their comfort zones and stand for a cause, this year’s MLK Week challenges us to redefine the definition of fear and its role in the fight for freedom and equality. As individuals (and a community), we must remember to never be deterred by fear, as it is an essential milestone in successfully combating systematic racism and oppression. This year’s theme will challenge you to redefine, persevere, and overcome the urge to fear everything and run, but rather Face Everything And Rise.

  • Bennion Center Day of Service
  • January 18
  • 8:30 AM
  • Various Locations
  • Honor the legacy of Dr. King and his work by working alongside the Salt Lake community.

    Opportunities and registration link coming soon!
  • Rally & March
  • January 20
  • 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
  • Pop-Up Performances
  • January 21
  • 12:00 PM
  • Union Food Court
  • More details coming soon!
  • Human Wax Museum
  • January 21
  • 5:00 PM
  • Black Cultural Center
  • More details coming soon!
  • Pop-Up Performances
  • January 22
  • 12:00 PM
  • Union Food Court
  • More details coming soon!
  • Pizza & Politics
  • January 22
  • 12:00 PM
  • GC 2018
  • POLITICS OF ACTIVISM

    Often times we only celebrate the outcome of what activism brings to our communities, but never stop to ponder the process and politics behind actively advocating for change. Frederick Douglass once acknowledged, “if there is no struggle, there is no progress.” Therefore, what internal conflicts must occur in order to conquer the fear of failure? What political barriers arise during the process? What does it truly mean to sacrifice? We must all be reminded that no matter how great the outcome, change is uncomfortable, never easy, and always comes at a price.
  • Pop-Up Performances
  • January 23
  • 12:00 PM
  • Union Food Court
  • More details coming soon!
Thank you to our committe members and sponsors!
  • Committee Members:
  • Teshia Griswald-Koffi
  • Frances Battle
  • Steven Bell
  • Ella Blanchard
  • Cha McNeil
  • Matthew Wong
  • Eric Nhem
  • Franci Taylor
  • Meligha Garfield
  • JaTara Smith
  • Kaya Aman
  • Feleti Matagi
  • Emily Pantoja
  • Sheena McFarland
  • Kadija Mohamed
  • Sponsors:
  • Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Bennion Center
  • Utah Presents
  • Black Cultural Center
  • David Eccles School of Business
  • East High School
  • Hinckley Insitute of Politics