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.  

2018 Schedule


photo: students painting


Date:  Monday, January 15, 2018
Time:  8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location:  Meet in the LSU Student Union Ball Room
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. 




photo: students participating at candlelight vigil


Date:  Monday, January 15, 2018
Time:  5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location:  LSU Student Union Ball Room
Contact:  greeks@lsu.edu or 225-578-2171

Following the "MLK Day of Service," a candlelight vigil and march, sponsored by the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), will be held to observe Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The candlelight vigil will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a short program in the Student Union Ball Room in honor and remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s work and contribution. Following the Vigil, there will be a celebration and some light refreshments.



photo: John Carlos

MLK Commemorative Program (Rescheduled)

Date:  Thursday, February 15th
Time:  5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (Doors open at 4:30 PM)
Location:  Bo Campbell Auditorium, Cox Athletics Center
Contact:  oma@lsu.edu or 225-578-4339

The MLK Commemorative Program has been rescheduled for 5:00 PM in the Bo Campbell Auditorium.  Doors open at 4:30 PM  A Meet and Greet will directly follow the keynote programing.

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, and Shaun King.

This year's keynote is John Carlos, '68 Olympic medalist and humanitarian.  To learn more about John Carlos, visit his website at http://www.johncarlos68.com/.  Following the Reception will be an invite-only Fireside Chat with the Keynote speaker.  Contact oma@lsu.edu for details.

First 400 attendees to arrive at the 5:00 pm keynote will receive a free John Carlos signature baseball cap!



photo: students dancing on stage

Performing Arts Night (CANCELED)

Location:  LSU Student Union Theater
Contact:  oma@lsu.edu or 225-578-4339

Join us on Valentines Day, Februrary 14th, 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.



unity reception

Unity Reception (Rescheduled)

Date:  Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Time:  5:30pm - 7:00pm
Location:  Baton Rouge Community College
Contact:  oma@lsu.edu or 225-578-4339

The MLK Unity Reception takes place Tuesday, Feburary 20th, 2018 at 5:30 pm at Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC).

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.

This event is invite only.


photo: students pose for group photo at dance

MLK Semi-Formal Dance (CANCELED)

Contact:  oma@lsu.edu or 225-578-4339

Join us for the MLK Semi-Formal Dance, Friday, January 19th, 2018 from 7pm to 11pm in the Lod Cook Alumni Center, Noland-Laborde Ball Room.  Tickets are available online.

In honor of MLK 50, a new event has been added to the MLK Week of celebration.  This year the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the MLK Commemorative Committee will be debuting the MLK Semi-Formal Dinner Dance.  This fundraising event will support social justice programming at LSU in honor of MLK’s legacy. 



MLK Food Drive

January 10th - February 9th, 2018

The 2018 MLK Food Drive will be collecting food donations to help with the Puerto Rico disaster relief. 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 - 6pm and the African American Cultural Center, Monday through Friday between 9am and 9pm. The Food Drive will run from January 10 through January 31.

Drop-Off Information

All Week


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.