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    University of Vermont students, staff, and faculty members are a pivotal part of making the MLK Celebration, Education and Learning Series a success each year.

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    UVM and the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts celebrate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., each year during the MLK Celebration and Learning Series.  Above, DBR and Marc Bamuthi Joseph perform in 2018.  

UVM Celebrates Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. | January 21 - 30, 2020

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

Announcing the 2020 MLK Celebration, Education & Learning Series Keynote Speaker Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 4:00PM | Ira Allen Chapel

The Office of the Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs is excited to announce UVM’s annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, Education and Learning Series to be held January 2020. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, a New York Times bestselling author, Founding Director of The Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University, and frequent ideas columnist at The Atlantic. Please save the date and join the UVM community for his keynote presentation to be held on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. in Ira Allen Chapel.

Tickets to the Keynote Event

Tickets to the Keynote presentation featuring Dr. Ibram X. Kendi will be available starting January 21st @ 8:00AM for the UVM community and January 24th for the general public.

  • Tickets are free and required for this event. 

  • Tickets available online, or get your ticket at the Dudley H. Davis Center, Miller Information Desk (3rd floor) during regular business hours.  
  • To request a disability-related accommodation, please contact Student Accessibility Services by phone at 802-656-7753.
The keynote presentation is sponsored by President Suresh V. Garimella, the Department of Student Life, and the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.

Event Parking & Shuttle Information

Preceding the Event

  • A shuttle will be available starting at 3:00pm from the Patrick Gym at UVM.
  • Please park in the Gutterson Garage.
  • The shuttle will run continuous loops to Ira Allen chapel until 4:00pm.

Following the Event

  • The shuttle will pick up again at Ira Allen Chapel after the lecture at 5:30pm on University Place.
  • The shuttle will run continuous loops back to Patrick Gym and Gutterson Garage until 6:30pm.

 

MLK Happy Birthday Party

Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Birthday Cake and Refreshments
  • Dudley H. Davis Center (1st Floor)
  • Tuesday, January 21, 2020
  • 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

MLK Health Equity Lecture: Mercedes Carnethon, PhD

Mercedes Carnethon
  • MLK Health Equity Lecture: Mercedes Carnethon, PhD
  • Racial Segregation and Obesity: An Unhealthy Connection
  • Sullivan Classroom, Room 200, Larner Medical Education Center
  • Wednesday, January 22, 2020
  • 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Damien Sneed's We Shall Overcome

Damien Sneed
  • A Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
  • $10 tickets are available in person at the Flynn Tix Regional Box Office lobby window at 153 Main St., Burlington, VT (UVM ID required). Limited to one discounted ticket per UVM student and two discounted tickets per faculty/staff member.
  • Wednesday, January 22, 2020
  • 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

MLK Gospel Music Commemorative Concert

New Alpha Gospel Choir
  • Featuring: The New Alpha Gospel Choir
  • Ira Allen Chapel, UVM Campus
  • Thursday, January 23, 2020
  • 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Lift Every Voice: Celebrating Our Creativity & Commitment

  • Celebrating love, resilience, and resistance as a diverse group of artists share their creative responses to oppression and injustice through spoken word, movement and more.
  • UVM Interfaith Center - 400 S. Prospect St. (on Redstone Campus next to the blue water tower)
  • Thursday, January 30, 2020
  • 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

To request a disability-related accommodation, please contact Student Accessibility Services at 802-656-7753.

 

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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
2020 MLK Celebration & Learning Series

  • MLK Happy Birthday Party
  • MLK Health Equity Lecture: Mercedes Carnethon, PhD
  • Damien Sneed's We Shall Overcome
  • MLK Gospel Music Commemorative Concert
  • MLK Celebration: Keynote Event
  • Lift Every Voice: Celebrating Our Creativity & Commitment

The MLK Celebration, Education, and Learning Series is sponsored by President Suresh V. Garimella, the Department of Student Life, and the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity, and Multicultural Affairs.