About the Celebration
The Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday celebrates the history, spirit and life of the man who brought hope to a nation and empowered that nation to start healing.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of America's greatest champions of social justice and equality. Each year we honor his life's work so that we can continue his legacy of loving and serving humanity.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration begins with a Student Symposium and culminates in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation, which features the celebration's keynote address. Past events have included art exhibitions, speeches, lunches, panel discussions, performances, plays and films. The "Celebration Events" tab above will be populated soon with the 2018 events.
Programs are organized and presented by Case Western Reserve University schools, departments and student organizations, aiming to remember King's mission and inspire all members of our community to keep his dream alive.
Each December, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee accepts funding requests for programming in honor of the MLK Celebration. The 2018 theme of the celebration will be announced soon. Watch for details about the 2018 MLK Celebration Week Call for Proposals.
In 1963 King joined more than 300,000 people in the March on Washington, the political rally where he delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech.
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Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 12:30 p.m.
MLK Convocation featuring Nikole Hannah-Jones
Location: Tinkham Veale University Center, Kelvin & Eleanor Smith Foundation Grand Ballroom
Nikole Hannah-Jones is a National Magazine Award-winning journalist and 2017 MacArthur Fellow, writing on modern day civil rights for The New York Times Magazine. Her widely read articles on segregated housing and schools, as well as her deeply personal reports on the black experience in America, expose how racial inequality is maintained through official policy. They also offer a compelling case for greater equity.
Additional event details to be posted soon.
Sponsored by the President’s Office, the Office of Donor Relations and University Events and the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity.