Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute

The 39th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute took place on
Sunday, January 19, 2020, 3:00-4:30 PM at Ted Mann Concert Hall.

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2020 Program: I Am Because We Are (On Being a Good Neighbor)

The 39th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute took place on Sunday, January 19, 2020, 3:00-4:30 PM at Ted Mann Concert Hall. It featured a not to be missed multi-disciplinary celebration intermixing the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with musical performances. The program, curated by U of M alumnus G. Phillip Shoultz, III of VocalEssence, featured Freddie Bell and Chantel Sings of The Morning Show on KMOJ Radio, Hollywood Studio of Dance (Diane Elliott-Robinson, founder), the University of Minnesota Gospel Choir (Adrian Davis, director), a chamber orchestra of U of M students, and more.

This annual concert is free of charge and open to the general public; no advance tickets or reservations are required. ASL interpreters were provided. ASL interpreters were Regina Daniels, Pamela Burry, Maria Dively, and Kymberlee Cook.

39th Annual U of M Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert

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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.

Free & open to the public

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