Commemoration Week

Join us as we honor and celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the American Civil Right Movement for this year’s UVU MLK Commemoration. This year’s week consists of student and staff-led programming, keynote speakers, breakout sessions, service projects and more. All of the programming is open to the public. The two keynotes on Thursday will be livestreamed for those who cannot attend in person (see links below). We invite you to join us in these conversations centered around the theme of Peace, Education, and Healthcare. 

Monday, January 16th Tuesday, January 17th Wednesday, January 18th Thursday, January 19th
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Federal Holiday (Campus Closed)

MLK Dialogue
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
LA 116

Birthday Boxes (Service Project)
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
LA 116


Quilts for Kids (Service Project)
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
SB Atrium

Days For Girls (Service Project)
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Center Stage

Stop The Bleed Training & Kits (Service Project)
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
SB 139

Keynote Speakers
Details Below

Wildlife & Zoology Wildspace Clean Up (Service Project)
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Love Your Hair! (Service Project)
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
SC 213 A/B

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Thursday's Schedule

What Time Where
Dr. Wilson Keynote 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Grand Ballroom
VIP Brunch (Invite Only) 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM Center Stage
Anthony Ray Hinton Keynote 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Grand Ballroom
The Sun Does Shine Book Signing 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM Center Stage
Student-Led Breakout Sessions 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM SC 206 A-C

Keynote Speakers

Dr. David Kwabena Wilson

Dr. David Kwabena Wilson

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Grand Ballroom

President of Morgan State University


Anthony Ray Hinton

Anthony Ray Hinton

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Grand Ballroom

Prison Reform Activist & Author of the book The Sun Does Shine


Visual Exhibit

Living the Legacy: How Black Leaders in Utah are Making an Impact

When reflecting on the accomplishments of Black leaders, our society tends to look backward, highlighting historical legends whose names are now well known to many Americans. Although studying the sacrifices and triumphs of past figures is greatly beneficial, hope is also found through present-day leaders who carry on the fight for an even better future, especially leaders local to our home communities.


This exhibit, created by the Center for Social Impact and Black Student Union, includes interviews with six local Black community leaders, each representing one of the Pathways of Social Impact, which are a spectrum of approaches to making positive change in communities. We hope you'll develop a deeper appreciation for the massive contributions Black Utahans make to our state and to greater society as you listen to activists, organizers, business owners, educators, and politicians share their stories.

Community Engaged Learning & Research

Direct Service

Community Organizing and Activism Philanthropy Policy & Governance Social Entrepreneurship & Corporate Social Responsibility

Utah Valley University Partners
*2022-2023 MLK Committee Members

Center for Social Impact

  • *Cassie Bingham
  • Summer Valente

Clubs Office

  • *Jamey Williams
  • *Mery Deilaire
  • *Andrea Betts

Academic Affairs

  • *Dr. Erika Johnson

Presidential Interns

  • *Priscilla Villasenor-Navarro
  • *Deborah Colimon

Student Association (UVUSA)

  • *Ava Gonzalez
  • Keaton Bennett

African Diaspora Initiative

  • *Jerome Currelley (Chair)
  • *Emmanuel Omaria
  • Glenny Riley (MSS)
  • Darah Snow (MSS)
  • Ana Fisher (MSS)
  • Jose Santiago (MSS)

University Marketing

  • Katie Hunter
  • Shannen Angell
  • Kate Gallacher (Graphic Designer)
  • *Barb Smith
  • Amanda Hyer

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

  • *Associate Dean Toni Harris

Black Student Union

  • Emmanuel Omaria
  • Deborah Colimon

First-Year Experience/ Student Retention

  • Jason Terry
  • Katy Foster
  • Ryan Bailey
  • Samantha Briggs


People & Culture

  • Christine Peterson
  • Marilyn Meyer