15th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration

Utah Civil Rights: Become One With The Dream

January 14th-16th, 2009



2009 Program Cover
The 2009 Commemoration included three renowned Utah civil rights activists as keynotes: France Davis, David Dominguez, and Rocky Anderson. Clusters of presenters and performers featured many aspects of civil rights in Utah, such as the role of the arts, the role of the media, and the role of the LDS Church, especially blacks receiving the priesthood after nearly150 years of exclusion.

Among the many speakers at UVU were KRCL founder Stephen Holbrook, Diversity Times publisher Albert Jones, Utah NAACP President Jeanetta Williams, political cartoonist Pat Bagley, actor and gay rights/anti-war activist Jeff Key, Utah historian Ronald Coleman, and minority media expert Kenneth Campbell. UVU students and faculty also presented, including a panel on discrimination of the deaf. Two recent films shown and discussed included The Wisdom of Our Years and Nobody Knows . The first is an oral history of lives of Utah African Americans, and the second is about the exclusion of African men from the LDS priesthood and their transformative 1978 inclusion.

UVU’s tradition of highlighting the arts in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration continued with student and faculty performances, exhibits, and an arts performance reception, all in our beautiful new library. Finding Voice , a musical written by Cache Valley survivors of domestic violence, was directed by Nancy Cannon and performed by UVU students. This moving ethno-drama related women’s true experiences of despair and healing. Finally, Ogden’s jazz octogenarian Joe McQueen brought his saxophone and played for us, and UVU’s own poet/sonosopher Alex Caldiero performed black poetry in the Commemoration’s grand finale.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Civil Rights Dance Performances

UVU Dance Department

9:30 - 11:00 AM • PE 152

From King to Obama: Civil Rights and the Media Perspective

Dr. Kenneth Campbell, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of South Carolina

10:00 AM • Li 120

Keynote: Voices of Conscience in Time of War

Rocky Anderson, Director High Road for Human Rights, Former Mayor of Salt Lake City

11:00 AM • Li 120

Civil Rights and the Role of Media

Panel discussion moderated by Rocky AndersonDirector High Road for Human Rights, Former Mayor of Salt Lake City

David Scott, Chair, Department of Communication, Utah Valley University

Stephen Holbrook, Civil Rights Activist and Founder of KRCL 90.9

Albert Jones, Diversity Times Publisher & Editor

1:00 PM • Li 120

The Art of Political Cartooning

Pat Bagley, Political Cartoonist, Salt Lake Tribune and syndicates

2:00 PM • Li 120

Will Counts' A Life is More than a Moment: The Desegregation of Little Rock's Central High

Book discussion led by Kenny Downing, Aviation Science, Utah Valley University

3:00 PM • Timpanogos Room

UVU Arts performances, exhibit, and Reception

7:00 PM • Li 120

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Film: Nobody Knows

Margaret Young, co-producer and adjunct professor of English, Brigham Young University

David Knowlton, Associate Professor, Behavioral Sciences Department, Utah Valley University

8:30 AM • Li 120

The Priesthood: A Long Wait, 20th Anniversary of LDS Black Males Receiving the Priesthood

Panel discussion moderated by Dr. Brian Birch, Associate Dean, UVU College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Margaret Youngco-producer of Nobody Knows and adjunct professor of English, Brigham Young University

Dr. Thomas Alexander, History Professor Emeritus, Brigham Young University

Dr. Alan Cherry, Director of Foundation Giving, Utah Valley University

10:00 AM • Li 120

Keynote Address: Mission Possible, Holding Fast to The Dream

Rev. France Davis, Civil Rights Activist and Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church, Salt Lake City

11:30 Am • Ragan Theater

The Wisdom of Our Years: Utah Documentary Film and Discussion

Rev. France Davis, Civil Rights Activist and Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church, Salt Lake City

Dr. Ronald Coleman, Professor of History, University of Utah

1:00 PM • Li 120

History of Utah Jazz, Performance and Discussion

Joe McQueen, Jazz Saxophonist 

Trio of UVU Musicians

2:30 PM • Li 120

Finding Voice: Utah Domestic Violence Ethno-Drama Performance

Directed by Nancy Cannon, TRIO Student Support Services

7:00 PM • Center Stage


Friday, January 16, 2009

Student Civil Rights Papers

'Who Will Take Responsibility? Overrepresentation of Minorities in Special Education" by Jesse Tucker, UVU Student, English Secondary Education

"Inalienable Rights and the Rhetoric of Immigration" by Christopher Green, UVU Student

9:00 AM • Li 120

High School Student Leadership Group

David Dominguez, Professor of Law, Brigham Young University

10:00 AM • Li 213

King's Civil Rights Legacy in 2009: War and Peace, Gay and Straight

Jeff Key, Writer, Actor, and Activist, Salt Lake City

10:00 AM • Li 120

Keynote Address: Turning American Law Into Samaritan Justice

David Dominguez, Professor of Law, Brigham Young University

11:00 AM • Li 120

NAACP: 100 Years of Triumphs and Tribulations

Jeanetta Williams, President of Salt Lake Branch of NAACP

1:00 PM • Li 120

Panel: Oppression and Civil Rights of the Deaf Minority

"Deaf People: A Linguistic and Cultural Minority" by Flavia Fleischer, Intern Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Deaf Studies, Utah Valley University

"Hearing Privilege" by Will Garrow, Assistant Professor of Deaf Studies, Utah Valley University

"Deafness and The Law" by Dale BoamAssistant Professor of Deaf Studies, Utah Valley University

2:00 PM • Li 120

Black Magic: Black Poets Jam Session

Alex Caldiero, Artist in Residence, Utah Valley University, on the larynx

Ken Critchfield, Salt Lake City, on the bass

3:00 PM • Li 120


Additional Events

Martin Luther King Day of Service

January 19, 2009 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

UVU Service Learning and BYU

BYU Wilkinson Center


Civil Rights Art Exhibit

January 12-February 1

UVU Art Students

UVU Library, First Floor