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

The 2020 celebration theme is “North Star: Illuminating the Path to Change.” 


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

Check back for additional events coming soon. 


MLK Convocation featuring Khalil Gibran Muhammad 

Friday, January 17, 2020, 12:45 p.m. 

Location: Tinkham Veale University Center, Kelvin & Eleanor Smith Foundation Grand Ballroom

Keynote speaker, Khalil Gibran Muhammad explains how “bias education”—race education—can help individuals and institutions reconcile the past within the present, and move towards greater equity, together.

The event will be followed by a light reception. Free and open to all. Online registration requested: case.edu/events/mlk/

Sponsored by the President’s Office, the Office of Donor Relations and University Events and the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity

Contact: Office of University Events, mlkconvo@case.edu


Our Voices, Our Vote: Courage and Persistence in Black Women’s Struggle for Voting Rights

Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Tinkham Veale University Center, Ballroom

In this talk, Dr. Joy Bostic, Interim Vice President Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity, will discuss the core values and organizing strategies Black women use locally and nationally in the struggle for inclusive voting rights in the United States.

Free and open to all.

Sponsored by: CWRU - Siegal Lifelong Learning Program; League of Women Voters

Contact: Karen Laurence, 216.368.8745, kal179@case.edu