Martin Luther King Jr Day News

Celebrating the Dream: Students Reflect on King’s Legacy

Tennessee Athletics highlighted a few people who represent historical firsts for the university and the athletics department during a halftime “Celebration of Diversity, Inclusion and Realization of Dreams” at a women’s basketball game.

Campus Events Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

The university is closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Several events honoring the achievements of the late civil rights leader will be happening around campus.

Nearly 500 Students to Celebrate MLK Day with Leadership and Service

About 500 UT students will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Saturday, January 18, by attending a leadership conference and working on service projects around the Knoxville community. Hosted by UT’s Center for Leadership and Service, the Clifton M. Jones Student Leadership Conference and MLK Day of Service will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Carolyn P. Brown Memorial University Center.

UT Professor Studies How Streets Are Named for Martin Luther King Jr.

Streets connect us and define our humanity. Their names tell us where we work, where we play, and where we live. Streets dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr. do all these things as well, but they also bring to life some of the successes—and continuing struggles—America faces in the civil rights arena. Derek Alderman, professor and department head of geography at UT is a specialist on streets named for King. Alderman is a cultural and historical geographer; he looks into how places are used to express culture and commemorate the past, and how these places become important.

500 Students to Celebrate MLK Day with Conference, Day of Service

About 500 UT students will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 19 by attending a leadership conference and working on service projects around the Knoxville community. Two UT traditions—the Clifton M. Jones Student Leadership Conference and the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service—have merged this year. The event kicks off in the University Center and will last from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.