For 35 years, Michigan Tech has honored and celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.—a man who refused to sit idly by while he and others were treated less than, who brought people together to fight for justice and equality. Dr. King is most recognized for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience and as a national icon in the history of American progressivism.
Schedule of Events
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion is proud to announce the 35th Annual MLK Jr Day Celebration on January 15, 2024. Several events are planned leading up to the day and beyond.
Preparation and Beyond
Craft Day Workshop, Jan. 10
Center for Diversity and Inclusion, 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion will host a poster-making session for students to prepare works for display at the Van Pelt and Opie Library exhibit.
Student Art Exhibit, Jan. 15–26
Van Pelt and Opie Library
The Van Pelt and Opie Library will feature an MLK exhibit along the curved wall in the Opie Reading Room. This year, all students are invited to create a digital or physical art poster for display.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 15
Student Service Project
Local elementary schools, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Michigan Tech will support the local elementary school students by reading a MLK book to students around the community.
Interfaith Prayer Vigil
Van Pelt and Opie Library, Noon
The Van Pelt and Opie Library will host a Prayer Vigil where our religious communities on campus will read excerpts from Dr. King’s works.
Husky Statue, 1:00 p.m.
Following the Prayer Vigil, we are inviting the campus community to meet at the Husky statue to gather for a peace march across campus.
MUB Ballroom, 10 a.m.
Keynote address by Jaylyn Boone.
Watch last year's Banquet Celebration:Live stream on YouTube
Thank you to those who have registered for the 35th Annual MLK Jr. Celebration Banquet. We are excited for you to attend. Please see the information below:
The banquet will be held on Monday January 15th at the Rozsa Center. Doors open at 5pm and we will begin at 5:30pm. The attire is business casual.
Please note that spots are limited this year. When you arrive please give your name at the reception desk and we will escort you to your table. Those who did not register may not have a seat available.
If you were unable to reserve a seat, we invite you to watch our live stream of the event on our social media to see our keynote speaker and notable alum, Jaylyn Boone as well as the awarding of the Bayard Rustin Award by the National Society of Black Engineers. The link to the live stream will open at 5:30 PM on the day of the event.
We hope to see you at next year’s banquet, which is planned to have more space for seating. For any questions or concerns, please email email@example.com.