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MLK Celebration

The University of Central Missouri's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration occurs each year in January.  The UCM, Whiteman AFB, Sedalia, Kansas City and Warrensburg communities pause to reflect on the work and impact of Dr. King, while recommitting to the goal of showing respect and dignity toward one another.  Programs include Community Service Awards, Warrensburg Community Praise and Worship Service, Freedom Scholarship Dinner, MLK Service Day and Community Blood Drive.

Community Service Awards
Nominations are now open for both the Community Service Award and the High School Community Service Award. These awards seek to honor those in our community who exemplify humanitarianism, leadership, and selfless service. Complete nomination criteria and forms are below; nominations are due by December 12.

Community Service Award Nomination Criteria and Form

High School Community Service Award Nomination Criteria and Form

Freedom Scholarship Recipients
Each year, the UCM Foundation awards scholarships to students who fit the criteria and are recognized at the MLK Freedom Scholarship Dinner. The scholarship is $2,000 for incoming freshmen and $1,000 for returning students.

2017 Calendar of Events

Theme: Many People, One Dream


Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Let's Talk - Today's Civil Rights
12:30 p.m.
Cafe Rouge, UCM Elliott Student Union

Thursday, January 12, 2017

MLK Community Service Awards
Keynote Speaker: Senator David Pearce
Presented at the Greater Warrensburg Area Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
White Rose Pavilion, 107 Ming St., Warrensburg, MO
$13 Chamber members and guests, $20 non-members. RSVP required to the Chamber, call 660-747-3168.


Tara Napoleone-Clifford from the MAPS office
with 2016 MLK High School Community Service Award winner
Daphanie Parks from Chilhowee High School, and
2016 MLK Community Service Award winners
Marilyn and Hank Hamann with
The Todd Hamann Memorial Foundation.





Monday, January 16, 2017
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Service Day
Volunteer your time and service on this "day on, not a day off."  Breakfast provided.
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Meet in the UCM Elliott Student Union ballrooms
Register here
Contact Kristie Brinkley or Teri Mueller, 660-543-4007


Monday, January 16, 2017
Community Praise and Worship Service
Time TBA
UCM Alumni Memorial Chapel
Free and open to the public

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Freedom Scholarship Dinner
Keynote Speaker: Beth Tankersly-Bankhead, Director of Postsecondary Initiatives, Kauffman Foundation
6:30 p.m.
UCM Elliott Student Union Ballroom
Must pre-purchase dinner tickets. Tickets available in the UCM Mentoring, Advocacy and Peer Support (MAPS) Office, Dockery 212, 660-543-4156, and at the Greater Warrensburg Area Chamber of Commerce, 100 S. Holden St., 660-747-3168.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Equality Photo Booth
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

UCM Elliot Student Union Atrium


Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Student Volunteer Fair
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
UCM Elliott Student Union Atrium

Monday & Tuesday, January 23-24, 2017
Community Service Blood Drive
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. each day
UCM Elliott Student Union Ballroom

If you have questions about any of the MLK events, please call the Mentoring, Advocacy and Peer Support (MAPS) Office at 660-543-4156.