The 11th anniversary of the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and Breakfast will be Monday, January 15th 2024.
Honor Martin Luther King Jr. and his mission to Dream with a Vision and Live with a Purpose.
Join the City of Martin
, the University of Tennessee at Martin
, and the UTM Black Student Association
for a morning of good food, music, and fellowship. This event brings together community and university to celebrate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and raise awareness to live with purpose. At the 2024 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and Breakfast you will hear from our keynote speaker, musical performances, and honor three different award recipients including The Alpha Award, The Torch Award, and The Harold Conner Award.
- Master of Ceremonies: Dr. Mark McCloud, Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion University of Tennessee at Martin.
- Welcomes by: Randy Brundige Mayor, City of Martin ; Dr. Yancy Freeman Chancellor, The University of Tennessee at Martin ; Ms. Terriann Ray President of UT Martin Black Student Association.
- Invocation by: Pastor Nelson Youngblood, Refreshing Church
- Entertainment: Pianist, Dr. Danny Donaldson Optometrist, Eyecare Center of Martin ; Mr. Slade Robertson Bachelor of Arts in Music ; Mr. Jarvis Banks–Lee
- Keynote Speakers: Mmachukwu “Favour” Osisioma, Bachelor of Science in English & Mr. Johnny Shanklin, AT&T Retiree
- Awards: The Alpha Award, Presentation by Mr. Braxton Hobson President, Tau Psi Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. ; The Torch Award, Presentation by Ms. Tierna Miller Vice President of UTM Black Student Association ; The Harold Conner Award, Presentation by Mayor Randy Brundige
Doors Open at 8:30am and the program will officially start at 9:00am.
Location/Parking: This event is located inside the Martin Event Center which is located inside the City of Martin Public Library. Attendees can enter through the Lindell Street doors of the library and parking is available throughout downtown Martin.
Tickets can be purchased online via Eventbrite: Individual GA $12.50 or Reserved Table $92 Link to Purchase Here
All attendees must register for a ticket to attend the event.Please follow these steps to register.
1.Purchase the number of tickets you need for your attending party
2.Print off your ticket or bring a copy of your ticket on your smart phone
3. Present either type of ticket at the check in table in the lobby upon arrival and someone will direct you to your Reserved or GA seat.
- Cancellation: In the event of inclement weather including heavy snow or ice the event will be canceled. Information regarding a cancellation will be posted on the City of Martin website and social media accounts. Tickets will be refunded in the event of cancelation.
- Questions: Call 731 587 3126 or 731 588 2507
Breakfast Menu Coming Soon: Check Back
History of Harold Conner
Harold Conner was a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents and an ordained Baptist minister. He was the first black administrator to be employed by UT Martin after it was desegregated in 1969. He first served the university as Assistant Dean of Students and then Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. During his tenure, Reverend Conner was instrumental in the formation of many campus organizations and programs that still play significant roles on the UTM campus, including the Black Student Association (BSA), Freshman Studies, the Highest Praise Gospel Choir, and the Peer Enabler Program (PEP).Reverend Conner retired from the university in 1981. He was the first recipient of the Black Student Association’s annual Legacy Award for his achievements at UTM. Reverend Conner passed away on October 15, 2017.