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.
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.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee is now accepting funding requests for programming in honor of the 2017 MLK Celebration which will take place from Monday, January 16 - Friday, February 3, 2017. The theme of the celebration is "Hope in Solidarity." Click here to learn more about the 2017 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.
Celebration Week Events
Check back for additional events coming soon.
Friday, February 3, 2017 @ 12:30 p.m.
MLK Convocation featuring Margot Lee Shetterly
Location: Tinkham Veale University Center, Kelvin & Eleanor Smith Foundation Grand Ballroom
Writer, researcher, and entrepreneur Margot Lee Shetterly is the author of Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race (Fall 2016, HarperCollins). A highly anticipated film based on her book will be released this winter. Shetterly's keynote address will be followed by a reception and book signing.
Free and open to the public. Online registration requested.
Sponsored by the President’s Office, the Office of Donor Relations and University Events and the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity.
Contact: MLKConvo2017@case.edu, 216-368-2229