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Celebrate the Legacy of Dr. King

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. left behind a legacy of radical positive change using peaceful means. King used the power of words and acts of nonviolent resistance, such as protests, grassroots organizing, and civil disobedience to achieve seemingly-impossible goals. Join the MLK Living Legacy Committee in celebrating his work, and human rights, during the MLK Celebration in January 2017.

Martin Luther King, Jr. is regarded as one of the greatest nonviolent leaders in world history.  Guided by his leadership, the American Civic Rights movement advanced more in 13 years than it had in the prior 350.  He fought against prejudice, international conflict, and poverty, all while promoting a message of peace.  One of the best ways to celebrate his contributions is to reflect on how his work has impacted your own life, and consider how you too can improve the lives of others within your community and worldwide.

We kick off our celebration with the Day of Greatness March and Rally. It starts in the Student Union Jordan Ballroom, Monday, Jan. 16, at 9 a.m.  Everyone is invited to make posters to carry down Capitol Blvd. for a rally on the statehouse steps. Materials will be provided. 


Tavis Smiley

The keynote address featuring broadcaster and author Tavis Smiley is Monday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m. in the Jordan Ballroom.  Smiley is a journalist, political commentator, and philanthropist who currently hosts Tavis Smiley on PBS.  Smiley is a researcher of Dr. King’s life and legacy, and is the author of Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year.  He is the recipient of 16 honorary doctorates and is the founder of the Tavis Smiley Foundation, which funds programs that develop young leaders in their communities.

For more information and a full schedule of events, visit

To learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life, work, and legacy visit the The King Center here

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