Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. President's Luncheon

Joy-Ann Reid
Joy-Ann Reid
Joy-Ann Reid

Joy-Ann Reid

The 32nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. President's Luncheon will take place on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 15, 2018 in the EMU Student Center Grand Ballroom. Doors open at 11 a.m. with lunch beginning at 11:30 a.m. Our distinguished Keynote Speaker will be Joy-Ann Reid, political analyst, national correspondent and cable TV host of "AM Joy" on MSNBC.


Tickets for the luncheon are on sale now until the day of the event or when sold out. Prices are $10 for students (student ID required) and $25 for faculty, staff and community members. There is a maximum purchase of eight tickets per order. Tables seat eight people. Get tickets:


  • EMU Convocation Center Ticket Office: Monday—Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • EMU Student Center Ticket Office: Monday—Friday, 5 to 9 p.m.

By Phone

  • Call 734.487.2282, Monday—Friday, 10 a.m.–9 p.m. ($4 processing fee per order)


  • Go to the ticketing site. ($3.50 per ticket fee and $1.50 processing fee per order)

EMU Students - Opportunity for Free Ticket

EMU Student Government has purchased a limited number of tickets for currently-enrolled, EMU students. Beginning Friday, January 5, 2018 at noon, these tickets will be available for interested students on a first-come, first-serve basis through January 9, 2018. One ticket per student. Tickets may be reserved in-person only at the Student Government Office (342 Student Center) or at the Center for Multicultural Affairs (358 Student Center) during regular business hours. You must bring your EMU student ID with you to reserve a ticket and to pick up your ticket at the student will-call table outside the ballroom before the luncheon.

For More Information

Regarding tickets for the luncheon, contact any of the following individuals:

  • EMU Ticket Office: Ron Reid, 734.487.2282 
  • MLK Luncheon Chair: Gregory Thomas, 734.487.2277 
  • MLK Celebration Co-Chair: Ellen Gold, 734.487.1107 
  • MLK Celebration Co-Chair: Jieron Robinson, 734.487.4352

MLK Luncheon Student Emcees

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Planning Committee annually selects two students to serve as the 2018 MLK President's Luncheon Masters of Ceremonies. The selected students will serve as the official hosts for one of EMU's most recognized events. They will emcee before an audience of over 500 students, faculty, staff and community members, while enjoying lunch as the guest of President James M. Smith.

Students must possess the following:

  • Good academic standing, with a GPA of 2.8 or higher
  • Involvement within the EMU and surrounding community
  • A friendly disposition
  • Excellent oral skills and stage presence
  • TruEMU spirit

The two students selected to serve as the 2018 MLK President's Luncheon emcees are:

Sanyu Lukwago and Quentin Francis

Sanyu Lukwago is a junior, majoring in Political Science, with minors in Sociology and Communication. She is the Major Events Programmer for the Women's Resource Center and a campus leader for the Abdul El-Sayed gubernatorial campaign.  Additionally, Sanyu is a Senator in Eastern's Student Government. Her future plans include furthering her education and, in time, broadening the capacity in which marginalized populations are positioned, perceived, and supported in society.

Quentin Francis is a junior, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Communications. He is a member of the second cohort of the BrotherHOOD Scholars Program, a university-wide initiative designed to engage, empower, retain, and graduate more males of color at Eastern Michigan University. He currently serves as the President of the Epsilon Eta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and the Vice President of Scholarship and Standards for the National Pan-Hellenic Council Eboard. He also serves as a Senator in Eastern's Student Government, and works for the Holman Success Center as a peer mentor for the BrotherHOOD Scholars Program. Once Quentin graduates from EMU next spring, he plans to enroll into a graduate program that will start him on the path to one day become the President of a University.

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