MLK Jr. Tribute

The 35th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute took place on Thursday, January 21, 2016, 6:00-7:30 PM at Ted Mann Concert Hall.

The event featured the Grammy-nominated a cappella group Committed, winner of NBC's Sing-Off, with performances by Pippi Ardennia and Sheri Hixon.


These concerts are free of charge and open to the public; no advance tickets or reservations are required.




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 2016 MLK Day events in and around the Twin Cities

26th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast 

Jan. 18, 7 a.m.

Location: Minneapolis Convention Center

Tickets: $30 each

Keynote: Deval Patrick, U.S. Governor of Massachusetts


MLK Celebrations at Powderhorn Park

Jan. 18, 11am-2pm

Location: Powderhorn Community Center, 3400 15th Av. S., Minneapolis

Activities for youth, entertainment, food, performances and activities. 


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Event

Jan 18. 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Location: Central Gym, 3400 Fourth Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 

This event will be open to the public with recitals, choirs, music, dance, a guest speaker, and an old fashion soul food dinner.


Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park Celebration

Jan. 18, 6:30-7:30pm

Location: Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Recreation Center

4055 Nicollet Avenue S., Minneapolis, 55409


Martin Luther King Events outside the Metro Area

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