Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture Series

Formerly the Rosa Parks Lecture on Social Justice and Activism, the Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture Series honors the tremendous contributions to furthering civil rights by bringing national thought leaders to campus to provide insight and advocacy to current civil rights issues, including education, economic and justice system inequalities.

Audience member wearing a gray hoodie stands and asks a question during Harry Edwards lecture

The Martin Luther King Lecture Series encourages UMKC students, staff, faculty and the Kansas City community to build upon the courageous, nonviolent activism of Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr., and to increase awareness of present day avenues to advocate for civil rights through free thought, action and scholarship.

2022 Lecture


Yamiche Alcindor

White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour, moderator of Washington Week and an NBC and MSNBC political contributor Yamiche Alcindor joined us virtually on Tuesday, February 15 at 6:30 p.m. for an online discussion with host Glenn Rice.

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