Universities, high schools and community organizations are planning events to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The following events occur on Jan. 17, unless otherwise noted:
University of Utah
MLK Jr. Celebration Rally and Marade • Brief presentations will be offered at East High School, followed by a Marade (march/parade) to the University of Utah Park Building. The Marade is 1.2 miles long; East High, 840 S. 1300 East; 2 p.m.
Pioneer Theatre Presents "Black Comedy" • Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre, 300 S. 1400 East; through Jan. 27, 7:30-9 p.m.; $24-$42; http://www.pioneertheatre.org.
Brigham Young University
Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration • A candlelight processional will begin at the Carillon Bell Tower, 5:30 to 6 p.m., followed by a memorial program and keynote speaker in the Wilkinson Student Center Ballroom from 6 to 7 p.m.
Utah State University
Community Concert and Food Drive • Beatles music by local band Get Back will benefit the Cache Food Pantry. Bring cans of food and receive $1 off admission for each can; Whittier Center, 290 N. 400 East, Logan; 7-8:30 p.m.; $3 per person/$10 per family.
Weber State University
Performance by Harlem Gospel Choir • Weber State University campus, 3848 Harrison Blvd., Ogden; 7:30 p.m.; $5.
EttaGrace Black Theatre and Sorensen Unity Center
"The Meeting": Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. • This theatrical debate will be performed by the EttaGrace Black Theatre Company at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 17-19, Sorensen Unity Center, 1383 S. 900 West, cost is $5-$6; call 801-535-6533.
27th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Luncheon • Hosted by the NAACP, this event is at noon in the ballroom at Little America Hotel, 500 S. Main St. Tickets are $65, $650 for a table of 10 or $30 per youth up to age 18. For information, call 801-250-5088.
Murray High School
Martin Luther King Concert • A free concert is at 7 p.m., 5440 S. State St. For information, call 801-264-2614, or visit http://www.murray.utah.gov.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day "Marade"• The Westminster community will march with banners and signs down 1300 East to East High, then up to the University of Utah, joining fellow marchers from the U and continue to the U of U's President's Circle for a rally. Karen Buckley, vice president of Westminster's African American Intellectual Union will open the "Marade" with inspirational thoughts about the legacy of MLK Jr.
Bastian Foundation Diversity Lecture on "Food Justice" by Bryant Terry • Bryant Terryeco chef, food justice activist, and author of Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisineworks to build a more just and sustainable food system using cooking as a tool to make visible the intersections among poverty, structural racism and food insecurity. His talk explores the concept of food justice and positions used to understand how poverty, racism and classism impact peoples' opportunities to access healthy food and live health lives. Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m.; Vieve Gore Concert hall in the Emma Eccles Jones Conservatory; Free and open to the public.
Empowerment, Leadership, and Concert with Charles Holt • Charles Holt uses music and storytelling to share principles of excellence, community, and service to encourage, enlighten, and empower. Holt has starred on Broadway in some of the most celebrated and spectacular productions in American theatre history including "Smokey Joe's CafÃ©," "Jesus Christ Superstar," and "Lion King." Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m.; Gore Auditorium 112 in the Gore School of Business; Free and open to the public.