Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

For 34 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 34th Annual MLK Jr Day Celebration on January 16, 2023. Several events are planned leading up to the day and beyond.

Preparation and Beyond

Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 16

Craft Day Workshop, Jan. 11

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. 11–23

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. 

The exhibit will also feature an interactive “I have a dream” poster, as well as a dedicated letter-writing service space for students. Any time during the exhibit, students can stop by and write letters to a local community organization or Letters of Love, a nonprofit organization that provides support for families who have been displaced by the turmoil in Ukraine.

Student Service Project

Local elementary schools, 10 a.m.–Noon
Michigan Tech will support the local elementary school students by reading a MLK book to students around the community. 

Interfaith Prayer Vigil and Peace March

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. Following the event, we are inviting the campus community to meet at the Husky statue at 1:00 p.m. to gather for a peace march across campus.

MLK Banquet

Rozsa Lobby, 5:30 p.m.
Keynote address by Dr. Tayloria Adams.

Thank you to those who have registered for the 34th 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 16th 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, Dr. Tayloria Adams 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 cdi@mtu.edu.

Keynote Speaker

Tayloria Adams.

Dr. Tayloria Adams is an Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. In 2014, she became the first African-American woman to obtain a PhD in Chemical Engineering at Michigan Technological University.

Bayard Rustin Award

In 2019, NSBE began the tradition of awarding the Bayard Rustin Award to a servant leader on campus during the annual MLK reception. This award honors a servant leader who is often behind the scenes making significant strides and recognizes them publicly for their commitment. Bayard 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. 

Past Recipients