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King Conversation Series

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The Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Commission commits to providing King Conversation Series to communities in Utah, which provide an opportunity to reflect on Dr. King ’s legacy of service and its meaning in today’s world. Past topics included Juneteenth, LBGT Equality, Women and Girls in Educational Opportunities, and other topics around human rights, diversity and equality.

As a Commission, we hope these conversations provide an opportunity for people to come together for thoughtful discussion and dialogue, even if they don’t share each other’s values or experiences. Our ultimate goal is that each conversation will celebrate and explore service and civil rights as a jumping-off point to explore the personal and social importance of public service and civic engagement.

Upcoming King Conversation Series

Stereotypes, Prejudices + Implicit Biases

Thursday, May 4, 2017 | 5:45 to 8:40 PM
Salt Lake City Public Library
210 East 400 South
Level Four Conference Room
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

We invite you to join us for an adventure into the world of respectful dialogue where prejudices & biases need not be the end of a conversation, but the beginning of a new one. For more information visit the Village Square or register for the event below.

MLK Commission | MLK Awards

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Utah’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Commission is a non-partisan, non-legislative, non-judiciary, and non-religious group created by executive order on July 1, 1991 and overseen by the Governor. The primary role of the commission in the state is to honor the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. throughout the year, by promoting equity, diversity, and human rights through education and training as well as creating greater awareness around issues of justice. The Commission consists of various members who represent the diversity of the State of Utah and each member has been appointed by the Governor.

One of the ways that the Commission seeks to accomplish their mission is through recognizing and affirming individuals and organizations who serve as models of Dr. King’s legacy of supporting human rights. Award recipients and organizations will be those who help to promote justice, value equity and envision solutions to the many inequalities that characterize the world we live in while demonstrating the courage to act and to persevere in the face of challenging circumstances.

This award is presented up to three times per calendar year as deemed appropriate by the Commission.

MLK Commission | 25th Anniversary Celebration

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Utah MLK Commission 25th Anniversary Celebration
Thursday, December 10, 2015
10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Utah State Capitol Rotunda

The Utah Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights (MLK) Commission is celebrating 25 years of keeping Dr. King’s dream alive in Utah. The celebration is open to the public and free. For more information, view the flyer and video below.

25th Anniversary MLK Commission Celebration


Thank you to our sponsors for making this possible:




MCA-Utah Multicultural Affairs logo



Industrial Supply Company
University of Utah Ethnic Studies Program-African American Division
Weber State University Diversity Office
Dr. Forrest Crawford
Human Rights Center of Utah
Salt Lake Community College




Press Release May 28, 2014

For immediate release  28 May 2014

Geoffrey Fattah, 801.245.7205

Communications Director, Utah Dept. of Heritage and Arts


Winston Wilkinson, 801.560.0907

Chair, Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Commission

              Utah Martin Luther King Jr. Commission Expresses Sorrow

in Passing of Maya Angelou


SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Martin Luther King Commission wishes to express its sincere condolences on the passing of renowned poet and author Dr. Maya Angelou.

During her storied life, Dr. Angelou served as an example of dignity and grace for women worldwide in addition to sharing the wisdom of her life’s experiences to all as an award-winning writer and poet. She was also nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for film-making and received three Grammy Awards.

Dr. Angelou was a leader in the American civil rights movement of the 1960s, serving as northern coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. As an educator, she accepted the lifetime Reynolds Professorship of American Studies at Wake Forest University, North Carolina, where she taught a variety of subjects, including philosophy, ethics, theology, science, theater and writing for three decades.

Dr. Angelou was awarded the Presidential Medal of Arts in 2000, the Lincoln Medal in 2008 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011. Her legacy will live on as a woman of high intellect and indomitable spirit who served as an inspiration for others to follow.

For more on the Utah MLK Commission:

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8:30 – 9:30       Discuss History of Commission by Dr. Forrest Crawford
9:30 – 11:30     Review E.O. creating Commission
11:30 – 12:30   Discuss action plan & strategy
12:30 – 1:30     Summary & Discussion

MLK Minutes April 2014

A Brief History of the Utah State Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Commission 1986-1993
by: Dr. Forrest C. Crawford (State Chair) August 28, 1993
Brief History of MLK Commission