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 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" tab above will be populated as 2018 events are confirmed. 

Call for Proposals

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee is now accepting funding requests for programming in honor of the 2018 MLK Celebration. The 2018 celebration theme is "The Struggle Continues: The King Legacy and Fight for Justice in Education."  Funding proposals must be submitted by December 18, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Full details are available in OrgSync: orgsync.com/90096/forms/294806

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.

Celebration Events

Check back for additional events coming soon. 

Sustained Dialogue Training

Saturday, January 13, 2018 @ 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: Thwing Center

The training session will provide information about the program and provide tools for effectively moderating a Sustained Dialogue group. It is mandatory for anyone who wants to serve as a moderator for the CWRU Sustained Dialogue Program this fall but has not attended a previous training.

Open to the entire CWRU Campus Community.

Sponsored by the Sustained Dialogue Advisory Committee.

Contact: John Killings, jrk160@case.edu, 216.368.2904

Food for the Soul

Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 11:30 - 1:00 p.m.

Location: Thwing Atrium

Every January, it is our annual tradition to bring soul food and "food for the soul" in the form of words from faculty/staff/students. Those words can be their own, or from MLK, or others that resonate with his life and legacy.

Free and open to all members of the CWRU community.

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, & Student Activities & Leadership Office. 

Contact: Randy Blackford, randy@case.edu, 216.368.2861

MLK Convocation featuring Nikole Hannah-Jones

Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 12:45 p.m. 

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

Nikole Hannah-Jones is a National Magazine Award-winning journalist and 2017 MacArthur Fellow, writing on modern day civil rights for The New York Times Magazine. Her widely read articles on segregated housing and schools, as well as her deeply personal reports on the black experience in America, expose how racial inequality is maintained through official policy. They also offer a compelling case for greater equity.

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, mlkconvo2018@case.edu

Historical Performance of Mary McLeod Bethune: Educator, Organizer & Political Activist

Thursday, January 25, 2018 @ 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. 

Location: Kelvin Smith Library, O'Neill Reading Room, 2nd Floor

Come experience a portrayal of Mary McLeod Bethune (in authentic period costume), an African-American educator, founder of Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Florida. Education was the first step in her remarkable journey and she believed that education provided the key to racial advancement. She was the first African-American woman to be involved in the White House serving as a Presidential Advisor to four different presidents from1904 to 1942 and 1946 to 1947.

Open to all. No RSVP required.

Sponsored by: Kelvin Smith Library 

Contact: Gail Reese, egr@case.edu, 216.368.2992

Asian American Alliance Professional Networking Event

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 @ 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Location: Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom, 2nd Floor 

Alumni and the Asian Faculty Association are invited to join the Asian American Alliance for dinner and a panel.

Open to all. No RSVP required.

Contact: Phoebe Huang, pyh6@case.edu

Green Dot Student Intervention Workshop

Part I - Tuesday, February 6, 2018 @ 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Part II - Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 5:30 - 8:00 p.m

Location: Thwing 301 

CWRU Green Dot is hosting a full student bystander intervention workshop over two evenings. Using the national Green Dot curriculum, we outline the problem of power-based personal violence, discuss individual and group barriers to intervention, review how observations can guide our practice with intervention, practice three specific types of interventions, and proactively address violence in our community. Please register for both Parts I and II; if you have already attended a full 6 hour workshop, this is the same curriculum. 

Sponsored by: Office of Title IX, Office of Student Affairs. 

Open to all Undergraduate Students, Graduate & Professional Students. 

RSVP required. Email greendot@case.edu.

Contact: Ali Martin Scoufield, ali.scoufield@case.edu, 216.368.4047 

Social Justice Teach-In

Saturday, February 10, 2018 @ 11:00 - 3:15 p.m.  

Location: Tinkham Veale University Center

The Social Justice Teach-In is designed to inspire students and community members to be active and engaged citizens, to increase their understanding of social justice issues, and to enhance their leadership skills in areas such as service, advocacy, and philanthropy.

Open to all. Free for students. Suggested $10 donation for community members.

RSVP required: students.case.edu/community/groups/teach/

Sponsored by: CWRU Center for Civic Engagement & Learning, CWRU Social Justice Institute, Alpha Phi Omega, Lambda Eta Mu, InterReligious Taskforce on Central America.

Contact: Betsy Banks, ewb@case.edu, 216.368.6960

MLK Reflection Competition Reception and Celebration

Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Location: Kelvin Smith Library, Second Floor 

The MLK Reflection Competition seeks poetry, short stories, art, photography, video and essays. The contest is open to staff, students and faculty/administrators from Case Western Reserve University as well as the campuses of Cuyahoga Community College. Learn more.

Winners will be invited to read from and discuss their work at the reception and celebration. The reception and celebration are open to the community.

Sponsored by Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, Cleveland Humanities Collaborative, Kelvin Smith Library, Voices from the Village.

Contact: Allison Morgan, allison.morgan@case.edu, 216.368.0588 

Green Dot Faculty and Staff Extended Bystander Training 

Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location: Thwing 224

CWRU Green Dot is a national recognized bystander intervention strategy that uses skill-based practice to engage participants as active bystanders. Using the Faculty and Staff curriculum, adapted to be CWRU specific, CWRU Green Dot facilitators will lead faculty and staff participants through an extended bystander intervention training. Participants will leave this extended training feeling more confident in their abilities and with tangible steps they can take immediately to prevent violence in our community. Past experience with CWRU Green Dot is not required but encouraged.

Sponsored by: CWRU Green Dot, Office of Student Affairs, and International Student Services. 

Open to all CWRU Faculty and Staff

RSVP required. Email greendot@case.edu.

Contact: Ali Martin Scoufield, ali.scoufield@case.edu, 216.368.4047