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.



Upcoming Speakers

The Division of Diversity and Inclusion would like to invite you to the 2024 Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture.  On January 23rd at 6 pm, Kevin Willmott, Academy Award Winner Filmmaker and Professor at KU, will deliver a lecture titled Becoming Martin. He will discuss MLK’s transformation form an unfocused student to a globally celebrated civil rights activist. Please sign up for the event.


Location: UMKC Student Union, Room 401

Recent Speakers