Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute

Watch the 41st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert

About the 41st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert

Sunday, January 16 at 4 pm | Online event 

This event is free of charge, and registration/tickets are not required. Visit this page to live stream the concert. The concert will be available for viewing after its premiere. 

Don’t miss this special virtual tribute live-streamed from Ted Mann Concert Hall intermixing the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with musical performances and reflections. This year's concert invites each of us to reflect upon the legacy of Dr. King and consider how we can take up the mantle to be “messengers of peace” in our everyday lives and interactions.

The program, hosted and curated by U of M alumnus G. Phillip Shoultz, III of VocalEssence, intermixes the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with musical performances from U of M students and the greater Twin Cities community. Featured artists include a quintet of artists from VocalEssence Singers of This Age, the University of Minnesota Gospel Choir (Adrian Davis, conductor),  Joe Davis and The New Renaissance, artists from the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) and the contemporary dance company STRONGmovement, and more.

For more information about the program or disability accommodations, contact the Office for Equity and Diversity at oed@umn.edu or 612-624-0594. This virtual event will be live-captioned. 

Sponsored by the Office for Equity and Diversity and the School of Music. Remembering Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Dr. Reginald Buckner.

Concert Background

Professor Reginald BucknerWhen the tribute began at the University of Minnesota in the early 1980s, it was the only event of its kind in Minnesota. The late Reginald Buckner, a professor in the School of Music—and an accomplished performer, composer, and educator—founded the concert at the University and began a tradition of celebrating the life and accomplishments of Rev. Dr. King through the performing arts.

Professor Buckner's death in 1989 left the University with an inspiring legacy. The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute is now a joint program of the University of Minnesota’s Office for Equity and Diversity and the School of Music. It is one of the University's signature diversity events and remains free and open to the public.

You can view a summary of the MLK Jr. Tribute performers and guests over the years.

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