Honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In 2006, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s eldest son, Martin Luther King III, came to Southeast as the keynote speaker of a celebration dinner, which initiated a new tradition. This tradition continues to garner growing involvement by students and the public. Each year since, the dinner hosts a special guest speaker to further celebrate the occasion and here you will find a list of some of our previous distinguished speakers. 

2006 

  • Martin Luther King III 
    Human Rights Advocate and Political Leader 

2007 

  • Myrlie Evers-Williams 
    Author and First Female Chair of the NAACP 

2008 

  • Herman Boone and Bill Yoast 
    Coaches of “Remember the Titans” 

2009 

  • Michael Eric Dyson 
    Best-Selling Author, Scholar, and Cultural Critic 

2010 

  • Christopher Gardner 
    Entrepreneur and Philanthropist 

2011 

  • Roland Martin 
    Award-Winning Journalist and CNN Contributor 

2012 

  • Douglas Wilder
    First Elected African American Governor (Virginia)  

2013

  • John Legend 
    Recording Artist, Singer/Songwriter, and Philanthropist 

2014 

  • Clarence B. Jones 
    Political Advisor and Speechwriter 

2015 

  • Soledad O’Brien 
    Journalist and Producer 

2016 

  • Wes Moore 
    Author and Philanthropist 

2017 

  • Mary Frances Berry 
    Activist and Author 

2018 

  • Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski III 
    President of University of Maryland-Baltimore, Civil Rights Activist, and Educational Advocate  

2019 

  • Marc Lamont Hill 
    Journalist, Author, and CNN Contributor 

2020 

  • Angela Davis 
    Author, Educator, Social Justice Advocate, and Co-founder of Critical Resistance 

2021 

  • Nikki Giovanni 
    Poet, Educator, and Best-Selling Author 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Get a seat to attend this celebratory dinner!

Location
Office
Academic Hall 010 - 011
Mailing Address
One University Plaza, MS 3375
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701