The 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will focus on the theme “Facing the Challenge of Change.” As part of the celebration, the annual MLK Luncheon will be held Monday, Jan. 18, and tickets are available now.

This year’s luncheon will be an experience that will link two important tenets of the Civil Rights Movement and the Poor People’s Campaign. With a renewed focus on Dr. King’s life, this year’s luncheon will be entitled “What fueled the movement: Food and Faith.” The menu will focus on staples of Southern cuisine that would have been served at a sit down dinner during the movement and includes some of Dr. King’s favorite dishes. Through the program, attendees will be able to join in a spiritual experience that will be reminiscent of several of the “mass-meetings” that would have taken place before a major demonstration or march.

The goal for this year’s luncheon is to be more equitable and inclusive of our attendees and focus on more students being able to attend. We have shifted our ticket structure to reflect this hope of making it more cost effective for students. Tickets are $15 for faculty/staff/community and $10 for students at the Welcome Desk. Tickets may be purchased with check, credit/debit card, or cash for your convenience. Tickets are also available online through the Harre Union at

Please note that the luncheon will not have any reserved seats. The MLK Committee would like to encourage departments, faculty, staff, and students to spread out throughout the luncheon to meet new members of our community and enhance our collective experience.

If you have any questions, please email Byron Martin at

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