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Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration


Illustration of MLK

Westminster College’s evolving efforts to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. are anchored in his powerful words: “Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.”

Intelligence and character are pillars of a Westminster education and experience. They are embedded in Westminster’s college-wide learning goals, Diversity Statement, and our commitment to inclusivity.

Each January, Westminster holds a week of events celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy that provides opportunities to connect and have conversations about diversity, community, and engagement.

2023 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

The theme for the 2023 Martin Luther King Jr Celebration Week will focus on the idea of "Bodies on the Line," relating to movement of the body from an arts (dance, theater) perspective as a form of mental health, wellness, and healing.

There are no upcoming events at this time.

For disability accommodations, please call 801.832.2881 or email dei@westminstercollege.edu at least 5 business days prior to the event.

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Students marching with linked arms on the street holding signs

About the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

While the state of Utah lagged for decades in officially acknowledging Martin Luther King Jr. Day, dedicated Westminster campus community members mobilized, strategized, and at times organized with other universities to acknowledge and celebrate Dr. King’s work and commitment to social justice.

In recent years, Westminster’s activities have grown to include a rally and march in the Sugar House neighborhood, a Day of Service, a keynote address, and a luncheon to recognize those among us who are actualizing diversity, equity, and inclusion in their circles of influence. The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration advances the talk and action toward building healthy, respectful, and brave living and learning communities for all.

Westminster honors Dr. King’s life and legacy as a leading activist to gain equal civil and human rights for African Americans and all who suffered social, economic, educational, and legal injustice.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Remarks


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