Our Mission is to Serve the People of Utah and Involve All Sectors—Public and Private—in a Conscious Effort to Promote Diversity, Equity and Human Rights.


About the Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Commission

Governor Norm Bangerter signed an executive order on July 1, 1991 establishing the Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights (MLK) Commission. Governor Gary R. Herbert reissued the executive order on August 28, 2013. For the entire governor’s executive order, visit the Utah Office of Administrative Rules or download the PDF.

The commission promotes Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by:

  • Encouraging appropriate ceremonies and activities commemorating the federal and state holiday which occurs on the third Monday of January each year.
  • Providing advice and assistance to governments and private organizations on the observance of the holiday.
  • Coordinating efforts with Americans of diverse backgrounds and with private organizations on the observance of the holiday.
  • Partnering with public education to assist schools in promoting appropriate events to honor human rights and the holiday.

King Conversation Series

The commission is committed to providing King Conversation Series to communities in Utah, which reflect on Dr. King’s legacy of service and its meaning in today’s world. Past topics included Juneteenth, LGBT equality and women and girls in education among others.

As a commission, the hope is these conversations provide an opportunity for people to come together for thoughtful discussion and dialogue, even if they don’t share each other’s values or experiences. The ultimate goal is that each conversation will celebrate and explore service and civil rights as a jumping-off point to explore the personal and social importance of public service and civic engagement.

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MLK License Plate

This plate supports the work of the commission and generates funds to host King Conversation Series and serve the people of Utah. The commission is currently collecting names of individuals interested in receiving a plate. The plate is not available for purchase at this time.

In the future, the commission will contact individuals on the list and ask them to fill out the New Utah Special Group Plate Application and pay a $55 fee. For each following year, vehicle owners will need to contribute $35 to retain their plate.

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Who We Are

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Dr. Rob Harter, Chair

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Adrienne Andrews

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Dr. Marco Barker

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Neelam Chand

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Dr. Forrest Crawford

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Emma E. Houston
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Dr. Karen Johnson

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Carla Kelley

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Simba Mapgona

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Shawn Newell

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Robert Rendon

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Eddy Thompson