Martin Luther King Luncheon

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

34th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Institute of Culinary Arts, Building 22, 32nd Street and Sorensen Parkway, Swanson Conference Center, rooms 201 A-D
HIST200A     W     noon-01:30 p.m.     01/16     $20  (REGISTER NOW! General Admission)
HIST200B     W     noon-01:30 p.m.     01/16     $15  (REGISTER NOW! MCC Employees)
HIST200C     W     noon-01:30 p.m.      01/16     $10  (REGISTER NOW! Current MCC Students)

Register online or call 531-MCC-5231 to register over the phone. 
Seating is limited. Reservations will close when full or on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2019. No refunds after Jan. 8, 2019. 
Musical Entertainment:
Ananias “Markey” Montague, minister of music and fine arts, Salem Baptist Church
Keynote Speaker: 
​Professor Michael W. Combs, Ph.D. 
Department of Political Science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Professor Michael W. Combs, PhDMichael W. Combs, Ph.D., earned a B.S. Degree in Political Science from Southern University and A&M College at Baton Rouge and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree from Washington University in St. Louis. His research interests include African American Political Behavior, the Supreme Court and Race related issues and questions (e.g., the suppression of voting rights, the cultural basis of inequalities, and school desegregation). He has served on the editorial boards of the leading journals in political science. Combs has served as president of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists. Under his leadership the National Conference of Black Political Scientist established the National Political Science Review.

He has published numerous articles in political science journals and law reviews and is the co-author of several books. The co-authored textbook, "Civil Liberties and the Constitution: Cases and Commentaries," has been widely used in private and public universities throughout America. The co-authored book, "Race and Place," received the Best Book in Urban Politics-2001 from the Urban Politics Section of the American Political Science Association (2002).

Combs has held several leadership positions in regional and national political science organizations. He organized sections on courts and the law, and public law for the Midwest Political Science Association, the American Political Science Association, and the National Conference of Black Political Scientists. Moreover, Combs has organized three Hendricks Symposia in which scholars from across American convened at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The topics included Affirmative Action, challenges of inclusion, and challenges of inequalities in the age of Obama. Scholars also examined whether or not race still matters. Additionally, he has provided commentary on race issues and concerns (e.g., the successes and challenges of inclusionary policies, implications of the election of Obama and race in America, and Black Lives Matters and trust in law enforcement) for various media outlets.

The contributions of Combs have been noted in the Lincoln and University communities. He has received the Liberty Bell Award from the Lincoln Bar Association and Fulfilling the Dream Award from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His classes are among the sought after classes in the Political Science Department. Students greatly appreciate that he calls them “Scholars” during class discussions. His use of the Socratic teaching method inspires students to develop critical thinking skills. He has had countless students to pursue successfully advanced degrees in political science and law at Ivy League universities and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Combs is the Pastor of the Mount Zion Baptist Church of Lincoln, Nebraska where a primary focus is the intersection of the Church and the children and youth of the Lincoln community.