About the Celebration

The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday celebrates the history, spirit and life of one of America's greatest champions of social justice and equality. Each year we honor the work of Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy of loving and serving humanity.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at Case Western Reserve University includes the MLK Convocation, which features the celebration's keynote address, along with a variety of other 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. Past events have included art exhibitions, speeches, lunches, panel discussions, performances, plays and films.

The "Campus Celebration Events" section below will be populated as events are confirmed. 

Events throughout University Circle

Click here for information on how museums and institutions throughout the University Circle neighborhood are honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.  

Campus Celebration Events

BSU Summer Panel
January 15, 2022- 1pm - 4pm
Location: Thwing Center

The purpose of the event is to provide students guidance on obtaining opportunities during the summer. During the event, panelists will inform students about their summer opportunities (such as research, work, programs, and internships) and how they got involved. We will also hire photographers to take professional headshots for students to use on LinkedIn and their resumes. At the event, we want to have catering from a black business so people can eat and mingle. This event will help further King's dream of having the black community come together to advance our success.

For more information contact Feyi Sayo Rufai fxr81@case.edu 

Ladies First: A Jaunt through the Civil Rights Movement
January 21, 2022- February 21, 2022  9am-5pm
Location: Tinkham Veale University Center, First Floor

An exhibit highlighting women in the civil rights movement – each board in the exhibit will have a QR Code that links viewers to a woman empowerment song. The exhibit will highlight the historical contributions of women and provide a playlist/soundtrack. Individuals will be encouraged to interact with the exhibit via an online form and their remarks can be featured on our social media. Interactions with the exhibit will provide folks with an opportunity to be selected to receive a ‘gift’ from a Woman of Color-owned business. 
The exhibit viewing would begin on January 21, 2022, and end on February 21, 2022.

For more information contact Anastasia Martinez axm1538@case.edu or 216-368-5739

MLK Health and Science Career Day
January 23, 2021 9:30 am- 12:30pm 
Location: Health Education Campus

The diversification of health science and medicine is a priority in the fight to combat health disparities and racism as a public health crisis. To foster diversity in STEM and honor Martin Luther King (MLK) Day, the CWRU Black and Latino Medical Student Associations will invite approximately 45 high school students from the Cleveland Municipal School District to our Health Education Campus (Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion). We will coordinate transportation of students to our campus with the school district, provide students with breakfast, hold career workshops, and introduce them to different health and science pathways. We believe that by exposing students to career paths earlier in their educational trajectory and introducing them to medical students who also share diverse backgrounds, we can cultivate an interest in STEM.

For more information contact Megan Sharpe mxs1652@case.edu 

Social Justice Paint and Snack
February 17, 2022 5pm - 7pm
Location: Office of Multicultural Affairs, Sears 409

The event will provide an opportunity for Graduate and Professional URM students to build community and socialize. Students will be given canvases and a word to center their self-guided art around (ex. Justice, Hope, Freedom, Liberation, etc.) and about an hour to paint/draw. Students will then share the word they were given and what their art represents. This will foster dialogue around social justice and hopefully connect students to one another and OMA as a resource for grads. 

For more information contact Janee Kelly jmk222@case.edu or 216-368-1043

MLK Convocation Keynote Address featuring Jelani Cobb

Friday, January 14, 2022, 1:00 p.m.  

Keynote speaker, Jelani Cobb, shares his presentation "The Half-Life of Freedom. Race and Justice in America Today"

Due to university Covid protocol, only current students, faculty, and staff are permitted to attend the in-person MLK Convocation Learn more and register >

All others are invited to view the event via Livestream. Learn more and register >


The MLK Convocation Keynote Address is presented by the Office of the President; Donor Relations and Events; and the Office for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equal Opportunity