The essence of the Martin Luther King Center is its annual calendar of high quality cultural/educational programs consisting of lectures, concerts, theatrical and dance performances, film and video screenings as well as exhibits and workshops. Its program history has included campus visits and presentations by scores of artists, speakers, activists and intellectuals the likes of Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, Spike Lee, Edward James Olmos, Alex Haley, Ruby Dee, Ron Dellums, the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Randall Robinson, Nikki Giovanni and many, many more. These programs have enriched the university experience for thousands of students, faculty, staff and members of our regional community.
The King Center sponsors major programs, including "The Convo" series, which has hosted such notable figures as Bobby Seale, David Banner, Fonzworth Bentley, Tatyana Ali, Malik Yoba and record executive Amir Windom. Additionally, the Center has brought Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, journalist Shaun King, and other speakers who align with the mission, goals, and values of the King Center.
- Bowman's Bash K Week (August)
- Wednesday Lunches in MLK
- King Cafe' (TBD)
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Week include: Martin Luther King Jr Vigil & Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service: Collaboration with the Center for Community Outreach (January)
- Black History Month (February)
- Lyman T. Johnson Banquet (April)
- Harambee Graduation Ceremony (May)
Diversity Organization’s Council
First Mondays at 6pm in the King Center
Hub for diversity student organizations to collaborate and receive funding.
Lunch & Learn
Second Wednesdays at 12pm in the King Center
Come join our Scholar-in-Residence for lunch and an engaging dialogue!
Black & Latino Male Initiative (BLMI)
First Thursdays at 5:30pm in the King Center
BLMI provides an opportunity for Black and Latino male students at the University of Kentucky to connect with other students, faculty and staff. Our goal is to collectively devise strategies for persisting and pursuing excellence at the University of Kentucky and beyond.
Majestic Unity (MU)
Third Mondays at 6:00pm in the King Center
Majestic Unity provides support, encouragement and empowerment to women of color while enhancing leadership, social and cultural development throughout their college career.
Soup & Substance
Third Thursdays at 5:30pm (see MLK Staff for location due to Student Center construction)
The students will think of current topics and create dialogue sessions that relate to race, gender, class, and a variety of identities for MLK’s Soup & Substance: Real Talk, Real Issues, and Real People Series.