MLK Week Calendar 2018

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

Monday, January 15, 2018
8:00 a.m. | 23rd Annual MLK Youth Rally & March | Nebraska Union Ballroom, UNL City Campus

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. 

7:00 p.m. | MLK Community Worship | Mount Zion Baptist Church

Join Reverend Dr. Michael Combs for Mount Zion's annual community worship in honor of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Mount Zion Baptist Church is located at 3301 N. 56th Street in Lincoln.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
12:00 p.m. | Dish it Up! | OASIS Student Lounge, Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, UNL City Campus

Afrikan People's Union (APU) representatives will facilitate a discussion with university students on King's vision of the "dream" and their own experiences. All students are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be provided.

6:30 p.m. | Film Screening | Nebraska Union Auditorium, UNL City Campus

As part of their Indie Lens Pop-Up series, Nebraska Educational Television will present the Oscar-nominated 2016 documentary I Am Not Your Negro.  Discussion to follow, moderated by Dr. Patrick Jones.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
6:30 p.m. | MLK Keynote Speech: Theo E.J. Wilson | Nebraska Union Auditorium, UNL City Campus

In the Shadow of King: 50 years of Race in America

The pendulum of bigotry seems to be swinging back to where it was before the Civil Rights struggle. What does this mean in the context of Dr. King's legacy, 50 years after his assassination?  Activist and Slam poet Theo E.J. Wilson draws upon his undercover experience in the Alt Right to give perspective to this new era of racial tension, and explores solutions to these pressing social matters. In addition, the Chancellor's Fulfilling the Dream Awards will be presented to this year's recipients.

Thursday, January 18, 2018
6:30 p.m. | Panel Discussion | Nebraska Union Auditorium, UNL City Campus
African Americans in Higher Education

Hosted by Black Graduate Student Association. Panel members include Dr. Colleen Jones, Associate Professor of Management and founder of Melvin Jones Scholars; Dr. Deadric Williams, Assistant Professor of Sociology; Clearthur Mangram, Associate Director of Admissions; Kaleb Briscoe, PhD Student in Educational Administration; Crystal Dunning, graduate student in Music; and Davielle Phillips, Master’s Student in Architecture and Business Administration.

Friday, January 19, 2018
6:30 p.m. | MLK Banquet | Nebraska Union Ballroom, UNL City Campus

Afrikan People's Union annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Banquet.  This year's keynote speaker is Reverend Dr. Michael Combs, Professor of Political Science.  Tickets are $10 for UNL students and $15 for non-students. Contact for more information.