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40th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute

January 17, 2021 - 3:00pm

Online

40th Annual Concert: A More Excellent Way – Honoring the Legacy of John Lewis

Sunday, January 17 at 3 pm | Online event

As this event enters its fourth decade, we honor the legacy of Representative John Lewis, towering figure of the civil rights movement and member of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s inner circle. The program, hosted and curated by U of M alumnus G. Phillip Shoultz, III of VocalEssence, celebrates 40 years of being in community and imagines an excellent way forward. Don’t miss this special virtual tribute intermixing the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Lewis with musical performances from U of M students and the greater Twin Cities community.

Sponsored by the Office for Equity and Diversity and the School of Music. Remembering Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Dr. Reginald Buckner.

Background

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.

More details on streaming will be available soon.