Martin Luther King, Jr. Week runs Jan. 19 – 26


Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.

The U will present its 29th annual week-long celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., Jan. 19 – 26. A keynote address by civil rights activist and author Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., on Thursday, Jan. 24, at noon in the Jon M. Huntsman Center is SOLD OUT. Watch the live stream here.

“We feel very fortunate to have Rev. Jackson deliver the keynote address for this year’s MLK celebration,” says U president David W. Pershing. “As a civil rights leader who worked alongside Martin Luther King, his presence will lend a special significance this year as we recognize the contributions and legacy of King.”

“The University of Utah couldn’t be more excited to have the esteemed Rev. Jesse Jackson headline our MLK celebrations,” says Octavio Villalpando, associate vice president for equity and diversity. “The fervor and energy generated by the presence of such an important social leader serves to highlight the importance of equity on our campus.”


Campus and community members march down 1300 East to Kingsbury Hall in the MLK Week Marade.

In addition to the “marade” (march/parade) held Jan. 19, where people marched from East High School to Kingsbury Hall, other MLK events taking place on campus include a cultural performance, campus and community panel discussion, film screening, community service day, and the 2013 Youth Leadership Awards. For more details, visit the diversity website or call 801-581-7569.

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