MLK Jr. Tribute

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The 37th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute will take place on Thursday, January 18, 2018, 7:00-8:30 PM at Ted Mann Concert Hall.  Doors will open at 6:30 PM. 

The event will feature various artists presented by The Avant Garde. Featured artists will include Jovonta Patton, Ashley DuBose, Niles, Delphin Starr, Meah Ismail and Daonna Lewis.

The Avant Garde is a renaissance arts, music, and entertainment production company that was established in 2014. They specialize in creating outings that infuse multiple forms of art into one event (music concerts, visual art showings, dance performances, poetic readings, theater, etc.) along with producing music projects for the world to enjoy. The Avant Garde prides itself on producing an appeal that is unique, eclectic, original, cultural, and inspirational. Their mission is to provide great experiences for the local base with their international vision, all while creating a platform for maximum exposure for the best local talent.

This concert is free of charge and open to the public; no advance tickets or reservations are required.

To request a disability-related accommodation (please allow two weeks advance notice), contact Ralph Blanco at or 612-625-8680.




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 2017 MLK Day events in and around the Twin Cities

27th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast 

Jan. 16, 7 a.m.

Location: Minneapolis Convention Center

Tickets: $50 each

Keynote: Myrlie Evers-Williams, author and civil rights activist


Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park Celebration

Jan. 16, 6:30-7:30pm

Location: Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Recreation Center

4055 Nicollet Avenue S., Minneapolis, 55409


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. 


Martin Luther King Events outside the Metro Area

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