Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute

The 37th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute took place on
Thursday, January 18, 2018, 7:00-8:30 PM at Ted Mann Concert Hall.

  • The Avant Garde Logo
  • Jovonta Patton
  • Ashley DuBose
  • Chadwick "Niles" Phillips
  • Delphin Starr
  • Meah Ismail
  • Daonna Lewis

2018 Program

The 37th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute took place on Thursday, January 18, 2018, 7:00-8:30 PM at Ted Mann Concert Hall.

The Avant Garde presented this year's artists, including Jovonta Patton, Ashley DuBose, Niles, Delphin Starr, Meah Ismail, and Daonna Lewis.

This annual concert is free of charge and open to the general public; no advance tickets or reservations are required.

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Background

When 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.

Free & open to the public

Request Accommodation

To request a disability-related accommodation (please allow two weeks advance notice), contact Ralph Blanco at rblanco@umn.edu or 612-625-8680.

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