Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration | LSU Office of Multicultural Affairs

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. 

2022 Schedule

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MLK Day of Service

Date:  Monday, January 17, 2022
Time:  7:30 AM - 2:00 PM 
Locations:  various Baton Rouge sites
oma@lsu.edu or 225-578-4339

Registration is closed. Maximum volunteer capacity is reached.

Each year, approximately 250+ 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. Your participation is key to our impactful service. Individuals as well as organizations will be able to reserve their spots at a later date.  Volunteers should wear tennis shoes and clothing that are appropriate for service work. Masks are required.

7:30 AM Registration and Breakfast
8:00 AM Welcome
8:30 AM Buses Depart
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Service Projects
1:00 PM Buses Return to LSU; Lunch

All volunteers are required to complete and show the results of the daily symptom checker at the Day of Service registration.

Volunteers must complete a waiver.  All minors must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or representative of the organization they are affiliated with.  Waivers for minors must be completed by a parent or guardian and can be obtained in advance by emailing  lsumlkcommittee@gmail.com


MLK Student Unoin

MLK Commemorative Program

Date:  Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Time:  5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Location:  LSU Student Union Theater
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, Dr. John Carlos, Symone Sanders, Yusef Salaam and Dr. Wendy Greene.

The 2022 MLK Commemorative Program will feature David Dennis, Sr. as the keynote speaker.  Dennis is a civil rights activist, who participated notably in the Civil Rights Movement. He worked as co-director of the Council of Confederated Organizations (COFO), as director of Mississippi's Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), and as one of the organizers of the Mississippi Freedom Summer of 1964. Dennis' first involvement in the Civil Rights Movement was at a sit-in organized by CORE and he went on to become a Freedom Rider in 1961. More recently Dennis has put his activism toward a new project, the Algebra Project, which is a nonprofit organization run by Bob Moses that aims to improve mathematics education for minority children. Dennis also speaks about his experiences in the movement

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.  Masks are required.

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 the 2022 MLK keynote address!

students dancing on stage

Performing Arts Night & Candlelight Vigil

Canceled. (Acts will be invited to perform at Sankofa during Black History Month)

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.

unity reception

Unity Celebration


The MLK Unity Celebration 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 Food Drive


The 2022 MLK Food Drive will collect food donations during Black History Month (February).  More details will be released at a later date.