Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration (MLK Celebration) is coordinated by United Black Students (UBS) and is chaired by the first Vice President of UBS. The committee is representative of the campus community and all are welcome to participate in any of the events commemorating the life of Dr. King.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is observed on the third Monday of January each year. It is one of three United States federal holidays to commemorate an individual person. Dr. King is remembered as an important historical figure in the civil rights movement which protested racial discrimination. The King Holiday was signed into law in 1983 and for the first time in 2000 was officially observed in all 50 states.

MLK Week 2024 | Schedule of Events

Event Date Time Location Organizer(s)
MLK Day Brunch and Speaker
January 15 10:30 a.m. Schwartz Lobby Athletics
Opening Ceremonies
January 16 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Rock Plaza NAACP, MSA, BOND, and BLQ
The Power Poetry Night January 17 6-8 p.m. The Rathskeller Black Musicians Caucus, BCC, and Speak What You Feel
Discussion of Black Legacy at the U January 18 2-3 p.m. Shalala Student Center Global Black Studies and MSA
MLK Day of Service January 20 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Lakeside Patio MDOS and the Bulter Center for Service and Leadership
Church Service and Silent March January 21 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Rock Plaza

Getting Involved During MLK Week

If you are interested in working with United Black Students (UBS) and MSA to assist with planning MLK Week events, please contact MSA at 305-284-2855 or