MLK Jr. Tribute

The 33rd annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute took place on Sunday, January 19, 2014, 4:00-6:00 PM at Ted Mann Concert Hall.

This year's event featured Bill Banfield and Jazz Urbane, as well as performances by Dr. Ysaye M. Barnwell (former member of Sweet Honey in the Rock), singer Yolanda Williams, and high school students from the FAIR School. These concert are free of charge and open to the public; no advance tickets or reservations are required. 

Winners of the MLK Tribute Video Contest were also announced at the event.




Background of the MLK, Jr. Tribute

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.

The 2013 event featured Oleta Adams as well as performances by the Walker West Music Academy and University of Minnesota alumnus Ahmad Lewis. Oleta’s 1990 debut album, Circle of One, went platinum, and over the years she has toured with Tears for Fears, Phil Collins, Michael Bolton and Luther Vandross. Her music draws deeply from her roots in gospel, while crossing effortlessly into the realms of soul, R&B, urban and popular music. She’s received four Grammy nominations and sold more than 2.5 million records.

View a summary of the MLK Jr. Tribute performers and guests over the years. Contact Ralph Blanco at 612-625-8680 or for details about the MLK Jr. Tribute.

Other 2014 MLK Day events in and around the Twin Cities

MCTC’s Sixth Annual MLK Day Of Service

Jan. 18, 8am-2pm

Location: Minneapolis Community and Technical College, T Plaza 

Special Guests: Reg Chapman, reporter, WCCO-TV and Sondra Samuels, president and CEO, Northside Achievement Zone

General Mills 24th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast 

Jan. 20, 7am

Location: Minneapolis Convention Center

Tickets $30 each

Keynote: Donna Brazile, political strategist, adjunct professor, author, syndicated columnist, and television political commentator

MLK Celebrations at Powderhorn Park

Jan. 20, 11am-2pm

Location: Powderhorn Community Center, 3400 15th Av. S., Minneapolis: Activities for youth, entertainment, food, performances and activities. 

Annual Augsburg College Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation

Jan. 20, 1pm

Location: Augsburg College (Room TBD; use the link above for updates)

Hosts: T. Mychael Rambo and Brian Grandison

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park Celebration

Jan. 20, 6:30-7:30pm

Location: Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Recreation Center

4055 Nicollet Avenue S., Minneapolis, 55409

Fifth Annual Martin Luther King "Feeding the Dream" Community Food Drive

Jan. 20, 6:30-7:30pm

Location: Recreation centers throughout the city (use link above for further details)

Cultivating the Dream: Community, Coalitions, and Collective Action  

Jan. 21, 11:30am-1:00pm

Location: President's Room, Coffman Memorial Union, University of Minnesota

Featuring Alondra Cano, Minneapolis City Council Member. 
Lunch provided.

RSVP: 2014 MLK Week

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. & The Civil Rights Movement

Jan. 22, 6:00-8:00pm

Location: Theatre, Coffman Memorial Union, University of Minnesota

A roundtable discussion on the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., the Morrill Hall Take Over and today’s movements. Representatives from the Given’s Collection will be presenting and will provide visual panels of some sample archives from the collection.

Ally is an Action: Identity, Privilege, and Allyship (Workshop)

Jan. 23, 11:30am-1:00pm

Location: 101 Walter Library, University of Minnesota

This interactive workshop about allyship will be facilitated by Guante, Twin Cities spoken word artist, activist, and educator. Lunch provided.

RSVP: 2014 MLK Week


Jan. 23, 4:30-6:30pm

Location: Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Part of the Humphrey School's celebration of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Register here

Get Involved: How Communities Create Change (Workshop)

Jan. 24, 11:30am-1:00pm

Location: 101 Walter Library, University of Minnesota

This interactive workshop about community organizing will be facilitated by Guante, Twin Cities spoken-word artist, activist, and educator. Lunch provided.

RSVP: 2014 MLK Week

Martin Luther King Events outside the Metro Area

There are several Martin Luther King events planned in Duluth also.