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. 

The 2021 celebration theme is “Closing the Divide: Building Communities of Support, Belonging, and Togetherness.” 

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 Heather McGhee

Friday, February 5, 2021, 12:45 p.m. 

Live online event. Free & open to all. Please register to receive the streaming link.  
The lecture will be available for the general public to view only during the Feb. 5 livestream. The CWRU community will be able to access the lecture for a limited time afterward using Single Sign-On.

Keynote speaker, Heather McGhee, shares insights from her forthcoming book, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together

MLK Convocation is presented by the Office of the President; Programs, Events, and Protocol; and the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity

Contact: Office of Programs, Events, and Protocol at mlkconvo@case.edu

Power of Diversity Lecture featuring Donna Brazile

Tuesday, February 9, 2021, 4:30 p.m. 

Live online event. Free & open to all. Register for Brazile's lecture

Keynote speaker, Donna Brazile, is expected to discuss the increase in the number of women in Congress and their potential impact on politics. Her lecture is part of the events being held on campus in honor of Black History Month.

The Power of Diversity Lecture Series is presented by the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity

Contact: Janetta Hammock, janetta.hammock@case.edu, or visit the Power of Diversity website

Advocacy 101: Virtual Workshop

Community Organizing with Ohio Student Association & CWRU Clubs

Friday, February 19, 2021, 12:30-2:00 p.m. 

Zoom event. Open to the entire campus community. Registration requested via Campus Groups

The Advocacy 101 virtual workshop is designed to give students tools to stand up for issues they believe in. During this workshop, learn about approaches to advocacy from Rachel Collyer with the Ohio Student Association, a statewide organization led by young people in Ohio that organizes young people to work towards racial, social, economic, and educational justice. Student organizations, such as CWRU Survivors, Physical Resource Center, Student Caregivers, and the Black Student Union, will also help you see CWRU student advocates in action by sharing ways they have used advocacy tools, including public education, dialogue, political engagement, demonstrations, and more, to make change on causes they care about.

Sponsored by Center for Civic Engagement & Learning (CCEL), Student Executive Council. 

Contact: Adrian Griffin at aag72@case.edu