Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI)

Martin Luther King Celebration

For 30 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; a man 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

Annually, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and the Michigan Tech chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) host a celebratory banquet featuring a keynote speaker, student performances, and community fellowship. Students also participate in a Day of Service project by reading to local elementary students about Dr. King's life and work.

In 2019, NSBE began the tradition of awarding the Bayard Rustin Award to a servant leader on campus during the annual MLK reception. Rustin acted as an influential adviser "behind the scenes" to civil-rights leaders. He worked along Dr. King and helped organize Freedom Rides and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Rustin also served as an organizer for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. On November 20, 2013, President Barack Obama posthumously awarded Rustin the Presidential Medal of Freedom. This award features a servant leader who is often behind the scenes making significant strides and we would like to recognize them publicly for their commitment.

Recipients of The Bayard Rustin Award