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Utah MLK Commission

Governor Norm Bangerter signed an executive order on July 1, 1991 establishing the Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights (MLK) Commission. Governor Gary R. Herbert reissued the executive order on August 28, 2013. The MLK Commission consists of members representing the diversity of the State of Utah appointed by the governor to two-year terms.

Mission: To serve the people of Utah and involve all sectors – public and private – in a conscious effort to promote diversity, equity and human rights.

The MLK Commission meets monthly and coordinates efforts to:

  • Involve all sectors, private and public, in a conscious effort to promote diversity, equity, and human rights.
  • Encourage appropriate ceremonies and activities commemorating the federal holiday which occurs on the third Monday of January each year.
  • Provide advice and assistance to governments and private organizations on the observance of this federal holiday.
  • Coordinate efforts with Americans of diverse backgrounds and with private organizations on the observance of the holiday.

History

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. summoned the best qualities that guide and sustain the American spirit and our nation’s commitment of equality, justice, freedom, and peace.  He awakened the necessary goodness of our people and led a nonviolent movement that enriched our moral purpose as a nation. This human rights movement advocated nonviolent methods of social change in the struggle for justice, equality, and freedom. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. raised the consciousness of our country through his personal dream where all people are judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was recognized on November 2, 1983 by the United States Congress and the President through legislation established the third Monday in January as a national holiday in celebration of Dr. King’s birthday, beginning in 1986.

The State of Utah recognizes the significance of Dr. King’s life and accomplishments and the State Legislature passed S.B. 17 in 1986, which set aside the third Monday in January to observe as the anniversary of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. then known as Human Rights Day.

Meetings

For a list of meeting dates and times, please visit the Utah Public Notice Website. Contact Jenny Hor at jhor@utah.gov or Rozanna Benally-Sagg at rbenally-sagg@utah.gov for any additional information.