41st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration

The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration is the longest running annual event at Oregon State University focused on social justice and transformative change. 


  • Learn about and reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. King and collaboratively envision ways to carry forward his work;
  • Participate in an impactful, inclusive and engaging celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. King; and
  • Collaboratively learn about and reflect on the legacy of Dr. King in a way that is relevant in today's context.

Sponsored by Oregon State University, the Office of Institutional Diversity, and the OSU Foundation and Alumni Association.


Commemoration Details

Keynote Address: Jelani Cobb

Wednesday, February 1, 2023
7 p.m.
LaSells Stewart Center, Corvallis


The 2023 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. keynote speaker is Jelani Cobb. The event is free and open to the public, and will be livestreamed. 

Jelani Cobb is a staff writer at The New Yorker, writing on race, history, justice, politics, and democracy, as well as Columbia University's Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism and next Dean of Columbia Journalism School.

He recently co-edited The Matter of Black Lives, a collection of The New Yorker's most ground-breaking writing on Black history and culture in America, featuring the work of legendary writers like James Baldwin and Toni Morrison.

Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by Jan. 25 to University Events at 541-737-4717 or [email protected]. Sign language interpreting and live captioning will be provided.


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