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MLK Celebration

Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The University of Central Missouri's MLK Celebration, held each year in January, is an opportunity for our community to pause and reflect on the work and impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., while recommitting to the goal of showing respect and dignity toward one another.


2020 MLK Celebration Theme: "From Dream to Reality: the March Continues"


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Community Service Awards

These awards, sponsored by the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce, seek to honor those in our community who exemplify humanitarianism, leadership, and selfless service.

The Community Service Award is open to any individual or organization in Johnson County, and the High School Community Service Award is open to any student enrolled in high school in Johnson County.

Nominations for the 2020 MLK Community Service Awards are now closed. Join us at the Awards Luncheon on January 15 to help recognize the 2020 recipients! See below for more information.


Past Award Recipients

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Freedom Scholarship Recipients

Each year, the UCM Alumni Foundation awards Freedom Scholarships to high school students who are accepted to UCM and/or returning UCM students. These students are recognized at the annual MLK Freedom Scholarship Dinner in January. Application deadline is midnight on February 1 of each year.

Click here  to go to the UCM Scholarship Finder page, the online one-stop portal for all UCM Alumni Foundation scholarships, and search for "Freedom Scholarship."

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The MLK50 Pledge: a Call to Peace and Action

April of 2018 marked 50 years since Dr. King's assassination. Click here to take the MLK50 Pledge, and commit to 50 achievable actions that realize Dr. King's legacy of peace.


2020 Calendar of Events

All events are open to the public - everyone is welcome! Other than the Awards Luncheon on Jan. 15 and the Scholarship Dinner on Jan. 21, all events are free to attend.  More details will be added as they are confirmed.


Wednesday, Jan. 15

MLK Community Service Awards Luncheon with the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce

11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Taqueria Habana, 121 E. Pine St., Warrensburg, MO
RSVP by January 8 to the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce at 660-747-3168.


Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 15 and 16

Community Service Blood Drive

10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. both days
Elliott Student Union Ballroom

Sign up with the Community Blood Center to save a life!

Click here to sign up for Jan. 15.

Click here to sign up for Jan. 16.

For more information visit the Community Blood Center website at


Monday, Jan. 20

MLK Day of Service

9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Register at the UCM Volunteer Services page by December 6.  For more information contact Kristie Brinkley at or Ricardo Zamora at


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MLK Service Day participants volunteering on campus and throughout the Warrensburg community


Community Praise and Worship Service

Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Service begins at 6:30 p.m.
UCM Alumni Memorial Chapel


Tuesday, Jan. 21

Let's Talk: Issues Discussion

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Elliott Student Union


Freedom Scholarship Dinner

6:30 p.m.
Elliott Student Union Ballroom

Keynote speaker: Toriano Porter, Kansas City Star journalist and author

Sponsor Level ticket prices
Gold Level $800: Premium table for 8, 8 tickets to the VIP Reception, sponsor name announced during dinner
Silver Level $600: Superior table for 8, 4 tickets to the VIP Reception, sponsor name announced during dinner
Bronze Level $400: Table for 8

Individual ticket prices
Gold $100
Silver $75
Bronze $50

Purchase tickets at the UCM Student Experience and Engagement Office (Administration Building Room 214) or the Greater Warrensburg Area Chamber of Commerce, 100 S. Holden St. 

A portion of your payment will be tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to the UCM Alumni Foundation. Your gift helps fund Freedom Scholarships in the amounts of $1,000 or $2,000.


Wednesday, Jan. 22

Volunteer Fair

11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Elliott Student Union Atrium
Stop by and visit with our many community partners, and learn about ways you can volunteer and help others! 


MLK Celebration Reception

5:30-6:30 p.m.
UCM Lee's Summit
Missouri Innovation Campus


Thursday, Jan. 23

MLK Photo Booth

11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Elliott Student Union Atrium


 For more information about UCM's MLK Celebration, please contact Dr. Lover Chancler at 660-543-8049 or


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