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.


2019 Theme: One Nation, One Dream: Moving Forward Together


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Community Service Awards

These awards seek to honor those in our community who exemplify humanitarianism, leadership, and selfless service.

Nominations for the 2019 Community Service Awards are closed.  Please join us at the luncheon on January 16!

2019 Community Service Award Nomination (open to any individual or organization in Johnson County, MO)

2019 High School Community Service Award Nomination (open to any high school student in Johnson County, MO)

Past Award Recipients

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Freedom Scholarship Recipients

Each year, the UCM 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 March 1 of each year.

Click here  to go to the MoCents page, the online one-stop portal for all UCM 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.


2019 Calendar of Events

All events are open to the public. Other than the Awards Luncheon on Jan. 16 and the Scholarship Dinner on Jan. 22, all events are free to attend.


Tuesday, Jan. 15

Let's Talk: Issues Forum "What is Your Life's Blueprint?"

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Cafe Rouge, Elliott Student Union


Wednesday, Jan. 16

MLK Community Service Awards Luncheon

11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Fitt-Kickers, 121 E. Pine St., Warrensburg

Awards will be presented at the Greater Warrensburg Area Chamber of Commerce monthly business luncheon. Cost for lunch is $13. Register to attend at the Chamber of Commerce by calling 660-747-3168.


2018 winners of MLK community service awards

2018 MLK High School Community Service Award winner Zachariah Toole and Community Service Award winner Diana Herman, with Suzanne Taylor, Executive Director of the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce, Col. Ken Eaves, Commander of the 131st Bomb Wing at Whiteman AFB, and Sharri Carter, former Chair of the Board of the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce.


Thursday, Jan. 17

MLK Advocacy Photo Booth

11 a.m.-1 p.m.


Monday, Jan. 21

MLK Day of Service

9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Register at the UCM Volunteer Services page by December 7.  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. 22

Freedom Scholarship Dinner

6:30 p.m.

Elliott Student Union Ballroom

Keynote speaker: Robert N. Page, Jr.

Currently the Executive Director for Equity and Inclusion at the Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City, Missouri, Robert Page, Jr. is leading inclusivity initiatives in the region. At Metropolitan Community College Robert oversees all functions related to equity and inclusion initiatives. Formerly the Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at the University of Kansas, he has worked in postsecondary education for over 30 years and specializes in retention and recruitment programs, diversity training and awareness, conference coordination, and budgeting and strategic planning.

With over 25 years of experience in higher education, he has led efforts in the creation of many national programs and endeavors. He attributes his successes to people that he has worked with. Robert has broad experience in many areas: he has served as the Director of Residential Life and Learning at Arizona State University, Director of Recruitment at the University of Kansas, and the Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Kansas.

Robert holds a Bachelors and Master of Science in Counseling from Central Missouri State University and is currently working on his terminal degree in Higher Education at the University of Kansas. Robert is married to Dr. Tammara Durham who also works in higher education, and is the proud father of his two daughters Morgan and Madison and son Aidan.

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

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 Foundation. Your gift helps fund Freedom Scholarships in the amounts of $1,000 or $2,000.


Wednesday, Jan. 23

Volunteer Fair

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Elliott Student Union Atrium


Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 30-31

Blood Drive

10:00 am - 5:00 pm both days

Elliott Student Union Ballroom


For more information about UCM's MLK Celebration, please contact Ed Wirthwein at 660-543-4962 or


Ed Wirthwein
Administration 213
Tel: (660) 543-4962


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