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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Public Lecture: “Would You Follow You?”

January 20 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Abdul M. Omari

The lecture will be streamed and archived online.

The lecture includes a non streamed closing session to allow participants to ground themselves in the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and answer the question “Would You Follow You?”. They will explore the four basic needs of a follower — trust, hope, compassion, and stability — and then answer an even harder question: “Would MLK Follow You?” This session will be filled with reflection, engagement, and a call to action.

Omari is the founder of AMO Enterprise, which helps people better connect in individual and team settings through leadership seminars and keynotes. His research is focused on the perceptions of mentoring and the role of Cultural Intelligence within mentoring relationships.

With a devotion to civic and public service, Omari served six years as an elected member of the Board of Regents at the University of Minnesota and currently serves on the University of Minnesota Foundation Board of Trustees, the Board of Directors for the YMCA Greater Twin Cities, AchieveMpls, and Civic Eagle. He has been featured in Minnesota Business Magazine’s “Young Entrepreneurs,” and in 2019 he was one of 10 people from the Twin Cities selected to participate in the Young American Leaders Program at Harvard Business School.

Omari also coordinates the Minnesota Private College Fund’s Eddie Phillips Scholarship for African-American Men, a program that provides students with scholarship funds, leadership development opportunities, and mentoring. St. Olaf was recently selected to participate in the program, with two Oles named as scholars this year. All 15 scholars from around the state will come to St. Olaf January 20 to participate in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities.


BC Ballrooms


The Taylor Center for Equity and Inclusion
St. Olaf MLK Jr. Day Organizing Committee