It starts with a dream

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 January we honor his life's work so that we can continue his legacy of loving and serving humanity.

Every year the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration begins with the annual Service and Symposium: A Call to Action, and the Community Service Fair 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, one-person 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 speech

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.