Martin Luther King Jr. events in Utah

Published January 13, 2012 12:03 pm
Holiday • Speeches, rallies scheduled throughout the week
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Celebrations of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. will take place over the next week across Utah. Events are free unless otherwise noted.

Friday, Jan. 13

Luncheon • U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder gives the keynote address at Utah's Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Commission Luncheon, 11 a.m., Sheraton Hotel, 150 W. 500 South, Salt Lake City. RSVP: dcharleston@utah.gov; suggested $10 donation.

Speech • Rev. France Davis, pastor of Salt Lake City's Calvary Baptist Church and an early civil-rights activist, speaks at 11:30 a.m., Southern Utah University, Hunter Conference Center, 351 W. University Blvd., Cedar City.

Theater • The Grand Theatre at Salt Lake Community College presents "The Meeting," a play about a fictional meeting between King and Malcolm X at 7:30 p.m.; also Saturday at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices vary. For details, go to bit.ly/zsRWK2.

Saturday, Jan. 14

Service • The University of Utah's Lowell Bennion Community Service Center and Black Student Union host a day of service. To volunteer, meet at 8:30 a.m., Room 101 of the Olpin Student Union Building, 200 Central Campus Drive, Salt Lake City.

Monday, Jan. 16

March • Weber State University's Community Involvement Center and the NAACP Ogden Branch will sponsor a breakfast at 9 a.m. at the Marshall White Center, 222 28th Street in Ogden, followed by a "freedom march" to the Ogden Pavilion and community service. RSVP to Shaylee Wheeler, shayleewheeler@weber.edu.

Luncheon • Civil-rights attorney Avery Friedman speaks at the NAACP Salt Lake Branch's annual luncheon, noon, Little America Hotel, 500 S. Main St., Salt Lake City. Tickets are $65. Call 801-250-5088 or e-mail jdwnaacp@att.net for reservations.

Rally • There will be a human-rights rally at 2 p.m. at East High School, 840 S. 1300 East, followed by a 1.3-milemarch and parade to Kingsbury Hall, 1395 E. President's Circle, Salt Lake City.

Performance • Ailine's Touch of Polynesia will present an educational performance of Polynesian dance, drums and music, 5:30 p.m., Kingsbury Hall, 1395 E. President's Circle, Salt Lake City.

Vigil • Brigham Young University Multicultural Student Services will hold a candlelight walk and commemorative program, 5:30-7 p.m., starting at the bell tower and ending at the Wilkinson Student Center ballroom, 1080 N. Campus Drive, Provo.

Tuesday, Jan. 17

Film • The University of Utah hosts a screening of Spike Lee's "Get on the Bus," 6 p.m., Heritage Center, Room 1B, 151 Connor St., Salt Lake City.

Wednesday, Jan. 18

Speech • Vivian Lee, senior vice president of University of Utah Health Sciences, gives the university's keynote MLK address, noon, Olpin Student Union Ballroom, 200 Central Campus Drive, Salt Lake City.

Theater • People Productions presents the black feminist classic "For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf," 7:30 p.m., Olpin Student Union Ballroom, 200 Central Campus Drive, Salt Lake City.

Thursday, Jan. 19

Speech • Julian Bond, former chairman of the NAACP, will deliver the keynote address for Utah Valley University's MLK commemoration, 10 a.m., Sorensen Student Center, 800 W. University Parkway, Orem.

Panel • The University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics presents "Celebrating Utah Firsts" with some of the first people of color to join Utah's legal profession, 12:15 p.m., Orson Spencer Hall, room 255.

Friday, Jan. 20

Exhibit • The Leonardo, which is open on Jan. 16, presents a traveling exhibit, "This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement." The art-and-science center, 209 E. 500 South in Salt Lake City, will offer a limited number of exhibit tours on Friday between 1 and 3 p.m. with civil-rights leader Julian Bond, exhibit curator Matt Herron and exhibit photographer Tamio Wakayama. The tours are open to the public but must be booked in advance. For reservations, e-mail rsvp@theleonardo.org or call 801-531-9800 ext. 201.



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