Community members listening to a lecture at the Rethinking Confirmation event

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Lift Every Voice

Monday, Jan. 18
Luther Seminary
St. Paul, Minn.

Please join us at Luther Seminary on Monday, Jan. 18, as we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We will reflect on the significance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s influence, as well as ways in which we can learn from and live out his legacy. This year’s theme will be Lift Every Voice.

We are living in an incredibly volatile time. Hostility and violence are becoming the norm. Racial tension and systemic injustice surround us How do we lift every voice in a time of such tension? As Christian public leaders, we are called to be a light in the darkness, hope in the fear and witnesses to the gospel in all that we do.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2016, we will gather as a community to wrestle with these questions and find ways to act.

Joining us will be Nekima Levy-Pounds, an award-winning professor of law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law and the founding director of the Community Justice Project, a civil rights legal clinic. Nekima is also a civil rights attorney, legal scholar, media personality, blogger and nationally recognized expert on issues at the intersections of race, public policy, economic justice, public education, juvenile justice and the criminal justice system. In 2015, she was named one of 40 under 40 by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.  In 2014, she was named a Minnesota Attorney of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer and recognized as one of 50 under 50 Most Influential Law Professors of Color in the Country by Lawyers of Color magazine. She has a heart for the people and works toward achieving justice for those whose voices are often unheard within society.

We hope you will join us for this event! It is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required. Find maps and directions to Luther Seminary.

Schedule of events

All events take place in the Olson Campus Center at Luther Seminary.

9:30 a.m. Keynote speaker: Nekima Levy-Pounds, Professor of Law, University of St. Thomas; Founding Director, Community Justice Project; President, NAACP Minneapolis
11 a.m. Worship Service: The Rev. Paul Slack, President, ISAIAH MN; Pastor, New Creation Church, Minneapolis
Noon Community lunch (free and open to the public) with facilitated dialogue
1 p.m. Panel Discussion: How Do We Lift Every Voice?


Art exhibit

During MLK Jr. Day events, check out "Identity and the American Landscape," an art exhibit currently on display in the Olson Campus Center. The work of photographer Wing Huie connects to issues of race, identity, economic justice and class.


2015 event footage

Video from the 2015 event is available on Luther Seminary's YouTube channel. Click on links below to view on-demand video.