News and Information

40th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert

Thursday, December 31, 2020

University of Minnesota to Present Virtual 40th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert: A More Excellent Way – Honoring the Legacy of John Lewis

On Sunday, January 17 at 3 pm, the University of Minnesota will present the 40th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert. As this event enters its fourth decade, we honor the legacy of Representative John Lewis, towering figure of the civil rights movement and member of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s inner circle. 

The program, hosted and curated by U of M alumnus G. Phillip Shoultz, III of VocalEssence, celebrates 40 years of being in community and imagines an excellent way forward. Don’t miss this special virtual tribute intermixing the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Lewis with musical performances from U of M students and the greater Twin Cities community.

In addition to performances from Shoultz, featured artists include U of M School of Music graduate student and MacPhail Director of Global Initiatives,  Christopher Rochester; founder of the Avant Garde and versatile performer Chadwick "Niles" Phillips; along with appearances from U of M Choirs, the Minnesota Chorale in joint performance with singers from South Africa and not to be missed selections from the always engaging teenagers that make up the VocalEssence Singers Of This Age.

This program honors Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Dr. Reginald Buckner, founder of the MLK, Jr. Concert, and is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Office for Equity and Diversity and the School of Music. 

This event is free of charge and tickets are not required. We encourage event registration to receive event updates and program information.

For more information about the program, or for disability accommodations, contact the Office for Equity and Diversity at or 612-624-0594. Visit for more information.



"Perspectives" stories are the views and opinions of their authors and do not necessarily reflect any official position of the University of Minnesota.