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Spring flowers bloom around the Torchbearer statue in Circle Park.

Each year the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, honors the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. UT is sponsoring the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Commission this year and offering a variety of service and educational events to commemorate King.

Leadership Educational Symposium
Thursday, Jan. 11, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Student Union, 1502 Cumberland Ave.

This year’s symposium will emphasize dialogue on social justice issues, providing perspectives from thought leaders and subject matter experts on ways to cultivate inclusivity and welcomeness.

Thomas “Tank” Strickland Leadership Awards Luncheon
Thursday, Jan. 11, noon to 2 p.m.
Student Union, 1502 Cumberland Ave.

The luncheon will recognize community leaders and organizations who work to improve their communities and embody King’s legacy. Ticket sales have ended.

Night with the Arts Tribute
Sunday, Jan. 14, 6 to 8 p.m.
Cox Auditorium, 1408 Middle Dr.

An original stage performance will feature performances honoring King.

MLK Jr. Days of Service
Jan. 29–Feb. 9

Students, faculty and staff can sign up in small groups to volunteer in the greater Knoxville area with the Jones Center for Leadership and Service’s annual MLK Jr. Days of Service. The event offers the opportunity to reflect on the meaning of King’s legacy and make meaningful connections with local nonprofits. Registration opens Monday, Jan. 15, on ServeUTK.


Maggie Palmer (865-974-3993,