Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute

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Co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota School of Music and the Office for Equity and Diversity. Read about this event in Minnesota Public Radio's article "University of Minnesota's 40th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute goes virtual."

40th Annual Concert: A More Excellent Way – Honoring the Legacy of John Lewis

Sunday, January 17 at 3 pm | Online event

As this event enters its fourth decade, we honor the legacy of Congressman John Lewis, towering figure of the civil rights movement and member of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s inner circle.

The program, hosted and curated by U of M alumnus G. Phillip Shoultz, III of VocalEssence, celebrates 40 years of being in community and imagines an excellent way forward. Don’t miss this special virtual tribute intermixing the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Lewis with musical performances from U of M students and the greater Twin Cities community.

In addition to performances from Shoultz, featured artists include U of M School of Music graduate student and MacPhail Director of Global Initiatives, Christopher Rochester; founder of the Avant Garde and versatile performer Chadwick "Niles" Phillips; along with appearances from U of M Choirs, the Minnesota Chorale in joint performance with singers from South Africa and not to be missed selections from the always engaging teenagers that make up the VocalEssence Singers Of This Age.

This event is free of charge and tickets are not required. We encourage event registration to receive event updates and program information.

For more information about the program, or for disability accommodations, contact the Office for Equity and Diversity at or 612-624-0594.

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


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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