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25th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to be celebrated in Utah

A man walks past a large mural of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on the side of a diner, painted by artist James Crespinel in the 1990's and later restored, along Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Seattle. The civil rights leader was killed 50 years ago Wednesday in Memphis. Seattle events commemorating his assassination will be held Wednesday evening at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Throughout Utah, the 25th anniversary of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is being celebrated.

The University of Utah’s Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion is sponsoring week-long events beginning Saturday.

Teshia Griswold-Koffi, chair of the 2020 MLK Week planning committee, said in a prepared statement:

It is imperative to understand that nothing about advocating for civil rights was easy or comfortable. Fear is real. Danger is real. But if we can challenge ourselves to redefine its purpose and meaning as an integral part of the journey and then overcome it, fear now becomes more of a choice.

MLK Week at the U runs Jan. 18-25

  • Saturday, Jan. 18, 8:30 a.m. — MLK Jr. Day of Service
  • Monday, Jan. 20, 2:30 p.m. — March and rally from East High School to Kingsbury Hall
  • Tuesday, Jan. 21, 7 p.m. — Black Violin performance at Kingsbury Hall
  • Friday, Jan. 24, 2:30 p.m. — Keynote address from Aisha Moodie-Mills, CNN political commentator and social impact advisor

Thanksgiving Point is presenting a special event at the Museum of Natural Curiosity from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday.

There will be a “Dream Quilt” activity with education where kids will get a paper sheet “quilt square” where they can draw something they can do to help MLK’s dream come true and we will make one giant “quilt” during the event.

This event is free for Thanksgiving Point members as part of their membership’s benefits, otherwise, regular admission prices include the event.

Brigham Young University is hosting its annual Community Outreach Day that takes place on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The day of service starts with registration at 8:30 a.m. in the Wilkinson Student Center Ballroom, while juice and doughnuts are served.

There will be a short devotional at 9:30 a.m. and service opportunities begin at 10 a.m. and go through 1 p.m.

That evening, BYU is conducting a candlelight procession starting that the Carillon Bell Tower on campus, which will be followed by a commemoration program in the Wilkinson Student Center Ballroom.

The program will feature guest speaker Winston Wilkinson. Candles will be provided for the Walk of Life that begins at 5:30 p.m. and goes until 8:30 p.m.


Gospel Music Festival – Make A Joyful Noise

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 16; 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:: Weber State University – Browning Center for Performing Arts; 1901 University Circle, Ogden

MLK Service Opportunity

WHEN: Sunday, 8 a.m.

WHERE: University of Utah – Olpin Student Union Building; 200 Central Campus Dr., Salt Lake City

Marshall White Center breakfast and Freedom March

WHEN: Monday, 8:30 a.m.

WHERE: Marshall White Center; Ogden City Mall, 222 28th St., Ogden

31st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Luncheon | NAACP

WHEN: Monday, 12 Noon

WHERE: Little America Hotel; 500 S. Main St., Salt Lake City

Martin Luther King Jr. | March/Rally

WHEN: Monday, 2:30 p.m. (rally) and 3:30 p.m. (march)

WHERE: East High School Auditorium; 840 S. 1300 East, Salt Lake City