MLK Week Calendar 2019

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

Monday, January 21, 2019
9:00 a.m. | 24th Annual MLK Youth Rally & March | Nebraska Union Ballroom, UNL City Campus

We the Children WILL March

This annual event, sponsored by LPS, begins with the pre-rally and "Empowerment" program at the Nebraska Union. Pre-Rally doors will open at 8:15 a.m. with the Pre-Rally program beginning at 9:00 a.m. It will be followed by the “Unifying March” at 9:45 a.m. through the streets of downtown Lincoln, climaxing with the annual “Call to Action” program beginning at approximately 10:30 a.m. (or when unifying marchers arrive at the State Capitol Building).

To support or receive more information about the Youth Rally and March, contact Peter Ferguson, Adult Adviser, at or 402.730.8709. Updates can also be received on the Rally and March Facebook page or Twitter @MRally93.

9:00 a.m - 6:00 p.m. | MLK Day of Service: Husker Reading Challenge

Read to children as an individual or a team.  One-hour time slots available.  To sign up, go to

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 22, 2019
12:00 p.m. | Dish it Up! | OASIS Student Lounge, Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, UNL City Campus

Attendees at this MLK version of Dish it Up! will discuss current events and how they relate to Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement.

4:00 p.m. | Social Justice & Art Discussion | Sheldon Museum of Art, UNL City Campus

The Social Life of Food: A Discussion of Race, Gender and Class

Investigate the close relationship between social systems and the values, traditions, and politics surrounding food. In conjunction with the university's MLK Week activities, Sheldon, the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, and OASIS will host an interactive conversation in the galleries highlighting how artists have brought together issues of justice, equality, and the things we eat.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
6:30 p.m. |Chancellor's Keynote Address | Nebraska Union Regency Suite, UNL City Campus

Reflections on the Legacy and Leadership of Dr. King

Keynote speaker Jasmine Kingsley, Vice President - Legal and General Counsel for Hudl, will discuss leadership, what Dr. King referred to as the “drum major instinct” (the innate desire for greatness, recognition, importance, to surpass others), and the importance of finding pride and purpose even in followership. The Chancellor’s “Fulfilling the Dream” Awards will also be presented.

Thursday, January 24, 2019
12:00 p.m. | MLK Lunch and Learn | OASIS Student Lounge, Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, UNL City Campus

Eradicating Racism

Karen Bell-Dancy, Executive Director of the Lincoln YWCA, will talk about the YWCA’s efforts to eradicate racism within the organization.

Friday, January 25, 2019
1:30 p.m. | Guest Speaker | Nebraska Union Auditorium, UNL City Campus

The Fourth "Hidden Figure:" Getting into NASA

Dr. Christine Darden will briefly discuss the movie “Hidden Figures,” how she knew the women portrayed in the movie, and the role she has played in speaking to students around the United States during the past two years. Darden will then discuss her encounters with the “Space Age” both in high school and college and other events in her life that put her on the path to a 40-year career at NASA.

6:30 p.m. | Afrikan People's Union Banquet | Unity Room, Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, UNL City Campus

Keynote speaker: Dr. Jeannette Jones, UNL

Tickets: $15 for Students, $20 for Non-Students, $80 for a table, available for sale in the Nebraska Union or Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center. Contact Tate Kollar for information,