The University of Central Missouri's Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration happens each year in January. UCM, Whiteman, Sedalia, Kansas City and Warrensburg communities pause to reflect on the work and impact of Dr. King, while renewing goals of respect and dignity toward one another. The speaker this year will be labor economist, author and commentator Julianne Malveaux. It's planned for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. The event is the highlight of the university’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.