Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute

The 38th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute took place on
Sunday, January 20, 2019, 3:00-4:30 PM at Ted Mann Concert Hall.

  • 38th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute

2019 Program: Reclaiming the Dream

The 38th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute took place on Sunday, January 20, 2019, 3:00-4:30 PM at Ted Mann Concert Hall.

The University of Minnesota hosted this not to be missed multi-disciplinary celebration intermixing the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with musical performances. The program, curated by U of M alumnus G. Phillip Shoultz, III of VocalEssence, will feature VocalEssence Singers Of this Age; Ginger Commodore; Jacob Dodd; Brian A. Grandison; Tracey Buckner, daughter of Reginald Buckner; Karla NwejeChadwick “Niles” Phillips; Atosha Rypa; U of M student brass ensemble; Harry Waters, Jr.; and a special appearance by Minneapolis Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins.

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

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Professor Reginald BucknerWhen 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.

You can view a summary of the MLK Jr. Tribute performers and guests over the years.

Free & open to the public

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