MLK 2017
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At the University of Utah, we celebrate the educational access and opportunities that Dr. King's legacy has provided in the United States. This year's MLK Celebration will be held January 14 - 20, 2017, and we invite you to participate in our many events we will be hosting throughout campus. For an ADA accommodations, contact Estela Hernandez at (801)587-3342

  • 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
  • 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
  • Arts & Activism Student Workshop
  • January 17
  • 12:00 PM
  • Union Ballroom East
  • Actor and producer, Taylor Mac with director and performer,Niegel Smith will hold a Q&A on arts and activism with students.
  • Taylor Mac & Bill T. Jones
  • January 17
  • 7:30 PM
  • Kingsbury Hall
  • David P. Gardner Lecture in the Humanities & Fine Arts
    Following his show on Jan 14, Guggenheim Fellow and Doris Duke Award recipient, Taylor Mac, will join acclaimed choreographer Bill T. Jones in this FREE lecture to discuss their careers in the arts and why the arts are essential to social justice and activism.
  • 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.
  • Pizza & Politics
  • January 19
  • 12:00 PM
  • Old Moot Courtroom (Bldg 73, Rm 102)
  • Details: TBA
  • Day of Service
  • January 22
  • 8:30 AM
  • Various Locations
  • Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy by volunteering at various causes throughout the Salt Lake City Valley!
    Registration/Details: TBA
Thank you to our committee members and sponsors!
  • Committee Members:
  • Neelam Chand
  • Estela Hernandez
  • Mindy Johnston
  • Ed Munoz
  • Steve Bell
  • Rudy Medina
  • Feleti Matagi
  • Franci Taylor
  • Gabriella Blanchard
  • Erica Andersen
  • Robin Wilks-Dunn
  • Irene Ota
  • Tamara Stevenson
  • Jenny Hor
  • Kathleen Christy
  • Francis Battle
  • Hamza Yaqoobi
  • Kaya Aman
  • Sponsors:
  • Office for Equity and Diversity
  • School for Cultural and Social Transformation
  • College of Social Work
  • Utah Presents
  • Bennion Center