Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Dinner

Date:  Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Location:  Show Me Center
Time:  6:00 p.m.

This annual dinner event will feature Mr. Wes Moore as the guest speaker, along with stirring tributes to Dr. King and his legacy. Dinner tickets are $20 and can be purchased by submitting a reservation through the Registration Form.

For more information, please contact Sia Sharma or Deborah McKee by calling at (573) 651-2626 or mlkcommittee@semo.edu.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Read-A-Thon

Date: February 2016
Location: Local Schools

Volunteers go out into the local schools and share multicultural literature with children.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Marcia Brown-Haims at (573) 651-2188 or mjbrown@semo.edu.

University Speaker Series presentation and Michael Davis lecture

Date:  Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Location: University Center - Redhawks Room
Time:  7:30 p.m.

The "King of Conscious Hip Hop," Common is one of music's most poetic and respected lyricists. Over the course of nine albums, his introspective rhymes have pushed boundaries with their incisive social commentary. From “Can I Borrow a Dollar?” to “BE” and “Finding Forever” along with his Grammy-nominated collaborations with Kanye West, Common has spent 16 years in the notoriously fickle world of hip hop by taking risks and staying one step ahead of the game.

Common has also branched out into acting, portraying freed slave Elam Ferguson in AMC's historical drama series “Hell on Wheels.” He also appears in several movies, including “Smokin' Aces,” “Wanted,” “Terminator Salvation,” “Date Night” and “Just Wright.”

In 2007, he launched the Common Ground Foundation, an organization dedicated to the empowerment and development of America's urban youth. Offering the younger generations a better understanding of self-respect and love, he has combined hip hop with literature, releasing three children's books: “The MIRROR and ME”, “I like You but I Love Me” and “M.E. (Mixed Emotions).” His first book for adults is the provocative and touching memoir, “One Day It'll All Make Sense.” In 2015, Common received an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song with John Legend for their powerful collaboration, "Glory," featured in the civil rights film, “Selma.”

Whether inspiring audiences through his music, his books or his foundation, Common continues to break new ground, and remains one of hip hop's most innovative, positive voices.

For more information, please contact Joanna Shaver at (573) 651-2280 or jshaver@semo.edu.