MLK Jr. Tribute

The 34th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute took place on Thursday, January 22, 2015, 7:30-8:45 PM at Ted Mann Concert Hall.

The event featured the IU Soul Revue ensemble, which is a part of the the Indiana University African American Arts Institute, plus performances by the U of M School of Music Carnaval world music ensemble, and U of M School of Music graduate choral conducting student G. Phillip Shoultz, III.


These concerts 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. 



Thank you to our co-sponsors for their support of this event!

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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.

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 2015 MLK Day events in and around the Twin Cities

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Jan. 17, 8-11:30 am

Location: Minneapolis Community and Technical College, 1501 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403

This year’s program draws on MCTC Interim President Avelino Mills-Novoa’s challenge to engage in a dialogue on race, racism and reconciliation in support of the MCTC community.


University of Minnesota Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Pledge Drive

Jan. 19-May 8

Inspired by the national MLK Day of Service, the University of Minnesota Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Pledge Drive honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy of service and the University’s mission of public engagement for the common good. The drive aims to promote opportunities throughout the calendar year for faculty, staff, students and retirees to work with neighbors to serve our communities.


General Mills 25th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast 

Jan. 19, 7 a.m.

Location: Minneapolis Convention Center

Tickets: $30 each

Keynote: Vernon Jordan, Senior Managing Director of Lazard Frères & Co. LLC in New York


MLK Celebrations at Powderhorn Park

Jan. 19, 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. 19, 1 p.m.

Location: Augsburg College, Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center

Hosts: Anthony Galloway and Adam McGee from St. Paul-based ARTS-Us, an arts education organization


Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park Celebration

Jan. 19, 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. 19, 6:30-7:30pm

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


MLK, Jr. Program Open House

Jan. 26, 9 a.m.

Location: Appleby Hall, Rooms 33 and 41

Continental breakfast provided


MLK Week Kick-Off Keynote

Jan. 28, 11:30 a.m.

Location: Northrop Auditorium, Lindahl Founders Room 260

Speaker: Associate Professor Zenzele Isoke

Lunch provided; RSVP is encouraged


Workshop - From Words to Practice: Poets as Progress Instigators 

Jan. 29, 5:30 p.m.

Location: Northrop Auditorium, Best Buy Theater

Facilitator: Saymoukda Vongsay

Snacks and refreshments provided; RSVP is encouraged


Open Mic

Jan. 29, 7:30 p.m.

Location: Northrop Auditorium, Best Buy Theater

MC: Saymoukda Vongsay

Band: Big Quarters


Workshop - Reclaiming the Pen, Reclaiming the Verse: Healing from Violence, Oppression, and Trauma Through the Written Word

Jan. 30, 11:30 a.m.

Location: Walter Library 101

Workshop Facilitator:
 Gabriela Spears-Rico

Lunch provided; RSVP is encouraged


Martin Luther King Events outside the Metro Area

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