MLK 2020
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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!
  • Black Violin
  • January 21
  • 7:00 PM
  • Kingsbury Hall
  • Back by popular demand, high-energy, classically trained musicians Kev Marcus and Wil B are renowned for their ability to meld highbrow and pop culture into a single genre-busting act. Bringing their Impossible Tour to Salt Lake City, Black Violin uses their unique blend of classical and hip-hop music to overcome stereotypes while encouraging people of all ages, races, and economic backgrounds to join together to break down cultural barriers.

    A pre-show event (with food) will be held at 6 - 6:45pm!
  • Get tickets
  • Pop-Up Performances
  • January 22
  • 12:00 PM
  • Union Food Court
  • More details coming soon!
  • Pizza & Politics
  • January 22
  • 12:00 PM
  • GC 2018

    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!
  • Film Screening & Discussion
  • January 23
  • 5:00 PM
  • Eccles Health Sciences Library, Garden Level, Bays 1-5
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    Cancer took Henrietta Lacks, her cells brought forth new science, her family brought her story home. Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne star in this adaptation of the critically-acclaimed book.
    Refreshments @ 5:00pm
    Film Screening and Discussion @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Aisha Moodie-Mills
  • January 24
  • 12:00 PM
  • SFEBB Auditorium (1110)

    Aisha is a political commentator on CNN, seasoned political strategist and social impact advisor. She has led and won campaigns that build political power for women, people of color and LGBTQ people for close to twenty years.

    A nationally respected voice on progressive policy and politics, she appears regularly on national news networks and has published dozens of policy reports and political and cultural analyses at the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality. She has been recognized as one of the “Out 100” influencers by Out Magazine, The Root’s 100 most Influential African Americans, and Advocate Magazine’s “40 Under Forty” list of exemplary LGBTQ leaders.
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
  • Erica Rojas
  • 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
  • ASUU
  • Office for Health Equity and Inclusion