Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute

42nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute at the University of Minnesota with photo of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The 42nd annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert took place at Ted Mann Concert Hall on Sunday, January 15, 2023, at 3 pm

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The University of Minnesota presented the 42nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert on Sunday, January 15, 2023, at 3 pm. This year’s concert was hosted and curated by U of M alumnus G. Phillip Shoultz, III of VocalEssence, and took place at Ted Mann Concert Hall. The program intermixed the words of Dr. King with reflections and performances from U of M students and the greater Twin Cities community. 

Watch the 42nd Annual MLK Tribute Concert

2023 U of Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert

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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