MLK Week Calendar 2017

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise stated.

Monday, January 16, 2017
8:00 a.m. | 22nd Annual MLK Youth Rally & March | Nebraska Union Ballroom, UNL City Campus

His Dreams were the beginning; youth then and now shape the world like comets impact the sky! 

This annual event, sponsored by LPS, begins with the pre-rally and "Empowerment" program at the Nebraska Union. It will continue with the unifying march through downtown Lincoln and culminate with the "Call to Action" program at the Nebraska State Capitol. See flyer for full details.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
6:30 p.m. | MLK Keynote Speech: Ryan Mack | Nebraska Union Auditorium, UNL City Campus

The Next Phase: The next phase of the civil rights movement will be fought on an economic front. No matter if you are Black, White, or Brown...we all want to see some more green.

President, The Optimum Institute of Economic Empowerment, Inc. Mr. Mack has a life mission to build and develop a durable financial empire geared towards educating his community and beyond. In addition to being a financial advisor working with many prominent clients across the U.S., he charitably lends his support to inner-city communities by coordinating workshops and creating economic empowerment initiatives that teach the principles of understanding the power of financial literacy. See more about Mr. Mack at: In addition, the Chancellor's Fulfilling the Dream Award will be presented to this year's recipient.

Thursday, January 19, 2017
6:30 p.m. | Panel Discussion | Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center Unity Room, UNL City Campus

What Now? Your Rights and Responsibilities 

Join a panel discussion about promoting a healthier campus climate in the post-election environment. Hosted by IDEA, LGBTQA+ Center and Graduate Student Assembly. Panelists include State Senator Adam Morfeld, Tyler Richard, ACLU NE, and more.

Friday, January 20, 2017
6:30 p.m. | MLK Banquet | Nebraska Union Colonial Room, UNL City Campus

Afrikan People's Union annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Banquet. Keynote speaker: Cynthia Gooch-Grayson, Associate Vice President for Equity and Diversity at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, Nebraska.  Tickets are $10 for UNL students and $15 for non-students. Contact for more information.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
6:30 p.m. | Late Night Dish It Up! | Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center: OASIS Lounge, UNL City Campus

The Definition of a Dream

OASIS staff will facilitate a discussion with UNL students regarding a view of Dr. King’s vision of the “dream” and how they are experiencing the world around them.  Professors are encouraged to suggest this experience to their students. Refreshments will be provided for participants.