2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration Week Schedule of Events

BATON ROUGE – Since 1991, 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 LSU Office of Multicultural Affairs and the MLK Committee, conceptualizes and executes a series of events to engage the LSU and greater Baton Rouge community on actualizing King’s ideals of social justice, non-violence, education and service. This year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration Week will take place Jan. 15-19.

MLK Day of Service
Monday, Jan. 15
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Student Union Theater Ballroom

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. Participation is key to impactful service. Individuals as well as organizations can reserve their spot today. To reserve a spot, please visit www.lsu.edu/MLK.

MLK Candlelight Vigil
Monday, Jan. 15
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Student Union Theater Ballroom

Following the “MLK Day of Service,” a candlelight vigil and march, sponsored by the National Pan-Hellenic Council, or 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 Ballroom 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.

MLK Commemorative Program
Tuesday, Jan. 16
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Student Union Theater

The MLK Commemorative Program is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 16, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Union Theater in conjunction with a reception at 6:30 p.m. in the Union Theater Reception Area.

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

This year’s keynote will be John Carlos. According to JohnCarlos68.com, “John Carlos may not be a name you immediately recognize – but his political demonstration at the 1968 Mexico Olympics has become one of the world’s most instantly recognizable and iconic images of all time. Dr. Carlos made world history during the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico, when he took to the international stage during the medal ceremony and made a speechless statement, heard and seen worldwide. Winning the 200 meter, John Carlos accepted the Bronze medal at the Olympic podium wearing black socks and no shoes to represent impoverished people who had no shoes of their own, and raised a black-gloved fist crowning a bowed head to humbly reflect the strength of the human spirit.”

MLK Performing Arts Night
Wednesday, Jan 17
7 – 9 p.m.
Student Union Theater

Join the MLK Performing Arts Night on Wednesday, Jan. 17, for a night of extraordinary talent celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Attendees will witness the hard work, dedication, the amazing talents of LSU students and students from around the area. Every year students come together in celebration of expression to honor both the dream and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through their choice of artistic expression. 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. The event is located in the LSU Student Union Theater and the show starts at 7 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m.

MLK Unity Reception
Thursday, Jan. 18
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Baton Rouge Community College

The MLK Unity Reception takes place Thursday, Jan. 18, at 6:30 p.m. at Baton Rouge Community College.

The MLK Unity Reception is a time-honored tradition joining together LSU, Southern University and Baton Rouge Community College for a celebration and appreciation event.  During the Unity Reception, contributions of leaders are recognized with a keynote address and student leaders are encouraged to reflect on their role in resolving critical community issues and to take initiative in enhancing unity among diverse groups within the community. This event is invite only; to request an invite, please email oma@lsu.edu.

MLK Semi-Formal Dance
Friday, Jan. 19
7 – 11 p.m.
Lod Cook Alumni Center, Noland/Laborde Ballroom

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 Dance. This event will support the mission of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, which offers social justice programming at LSU. Tickets are available online at www.lsu.edu/MLK

For more information about these events, please visit www.lsu.edu/MLK.  For questions, please contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs via email, oma@lsu.edu, or by phone at 225-578-4339.



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Office of Multicultural Affairs


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