Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration

The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration highlights and memorializes the work, accomplishments, and legacy of one of the greatest Civil Rights and African American leaders in modern history. The Celebration, organized by the collective efforts of students, faculty and staff led committees, conceptualizes and executes a series of events to engage the LSU and greater Baton Rouge community on actualizing Dr. King's ideals of social justice, non-violence, education, and service.


2019 MLK Comemorative Celebration Week Banner



2019 Schedule


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MLK Day of Service (Registration has closed)

Date:  Monday, January 21, 2019
Time:  8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location:  Meet in the LSU Student Union Ballroom
Contact:  oma@lsu.edu or 225-578-4339

Each year, approximately 200+ volunteers comprised of LSU students, staff, and community members make it "a day on not a day off" and engage in service projects through MLK Day of Service. Individuals as well as organizations can reserve their spot today. Your participation is key to our impactful service. Please email us if you have to cancel. 




MLK Keynote Symone Sanders

MLK Commemorative Program

Date:  Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Time:  5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (Doors open at 4:30 PM)
Location:  LSU Student Union Theater
Contact:  oma@lsu.edu or 225-578-4339

Each year, the MLK Commemorative Program brings the foremost authors, scholars, and activists to our campus for critical discussion on diversity, education, and issues of social justice.  Former MLK Commemorative Keynote Speakers include Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Dr. Nikki Giovanni, Myrlie Evers-Williams, Alicia Garza, Shaun King, and Dr. John Carlos.

This year's keynote will be Symone Sanders, National Press Secretary for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign and CNN Political Commentator.  If you have any questions, please call us at 225-578-4339, or email us at oma@lsu.edu.  We look forward to seeing you at this year's MLK keynote address!



students dancing on stage

Performing Arts Night & Candlelight Vigil

Date:  Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Time:  7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (Doors open at 6:30 PM)
Location:  LSU Student Union Theater
Contact:  oma@lsu.edu or 225-578-4339

Join us on Wednesday, January 23rd, for a night of extraordinary talent celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

One of the most anticipated events of the MLK Commemorative Celebration is Performing Arts Night (PAN). You will witness the hard work, dedication, and most importantly, the amazing talents of LSU students and students from around the area. Every year we come together in celebration to offer students an outlet of expression to honor both the dream and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through their choice of artistic expression.  Dr. King's enduring legacy has long been associated with his means of creative expression as an orator, a reverend and a civil rights activist.  The MLK Performing Arts Night is free and open to the public.  Located in the LSU Student Union Theater. Show starts at 7 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm.

This year we will kick-off the Performing Arts Night event with the annual MLK Jr. Candlelight Vigil, sponsored by the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC).  The candlelight vigil will begin at 7:00 p.m. inside the Student Union Theater in honor and remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s work and contribution. The Performing Arts Night showcase will commence following the vigil.



unity reception

Unity Reception

Date:  Thursday, January 24, 2019
Time:  5:00pm - 7:00pm
Location:  Southern University
Contact:  oma@lsu.edu or 225-578-4339

The MLK Unity Reception takes place Thursday, January 24th at 5:00 pm at Southern University.

The MLK Unity Reception is a time-honored tradition joining together Louisiana State University, Southern University, and Baton Rouge Community College for a celebration and commitment to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  During the Unity Reception we proudly recognize the contributions of our leaders with a keynote address, encourage our student leaders to reflect on their role in resolving critical community issues, and to take initiative in enhancing unity among diverse groups within our community.

MLK Unity Reception RSVP



MLK Food Drive

January 9th - January 31st, 2019

The 2019 MLK Food Drive will be collecting food donations to help food charities. All non-perishable food items are accepted, along with other items including towels, batteries, and pet food. Items will be accepted at the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Monday through Friday between 9am - 5pm and the African American Cultural Center, Monday through Friday between 9am and 9pm. The Food Drive will run from January 9th through the 31st. 

Point System for Group Donations

Canned goods – 2 points
Cereal boxes, towels/paper goods, batteries – 3 points
Protein bars (pack), snacks (pack)- 4 points
Pasta, noodles, bag of rice, condiments - 5points
Pack of water/drink, coffee, cocoa -6 points
Dog & cat food- 7 points

 Drop-Off Information

Open Every Day
Student Union Entrances

Monday - Friday
9am - 5pm
Office of Multicultural Affairs

9am-9pm (5pm on Fridays)
African American Cultural Center  


Please contact us if you have any questions.