Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture Series
Beginning with the Rosa Parks Lecture on Social Justice and Activism in 2007 and annually since 2009 with the Martin Luther King Lecture Series, the Division of Diversity and Inclusion honors these individuals’ tremendous contributions to furthering civil rights by brining national thought leaders to campus, who provide insight and advocacy to current civil rights issues of education, economic and justice system inequalities.
Our goal through this lecture series is to encourage UMKC students, staff, faculty and the Kansas City community to build upon the courageous, non-violent 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.
Pictured above: Moneta Sleet, Jr., ‘Rosa Parks, Dr. and Mrs. Abernathy, Dr. Ralph Bunche, and Dr. and Mrs. Martin Luther King, Jr. leading marchers into Montgomery,’ 1965, printed circa 1970. (© Johnson Publishing Company, LLC)
Rosa Parks Lecturers
|2009: Morris Dees
Co-founder and Chief Trail Counsel for the Southern Poverty Law Center known for his innovative lawsuits that crippled white supremacist hate groups; Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Awardee from the National Education Association and The Salem Award recipient for Human Rights and Social Justice.
|2008: Jonathan Kozol
Advocate for educational equality known as the National Book Award-winning author of Savage Inequalities, Death at an Early Age, The Shame of the Nation, Amazing Grace, and Fire in the Ashes among others.
|2007: Lani Guinier
Civil rights theorist known for her publications suggesting various ideas to strengthen minority groups’ voting power, Bennett Boskey Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and President Bill Clinton’s nominee for Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in 1993