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

Celebration Objectives

  • 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, the OSU Foundation and the OSU Alumni Association.

Peace Breakfast

The annual Peace Breakfast, held on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. while honoring members of the Oregon State community who carry his message and work forward in the present. The Peace Breakfast is free and open to Oregon State University community members and specially invited guests. 

Keynote Speaker

Legacy Awards

Each year, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee presents the Legacy Awards to Oregon State University community members who exemplify qualities of service and selflessness.

Peace March

An Oregon State University tradition, the Peace March follows the Keynote and provides an opportunity to join in solidarity with community members and reflect on Dr. King’s legacy of creating transformative change through non-violence. Participants are led across the Corvallis campus on a 1-mile route, from the LaSells Stuart Center to conclude at the Memorial Union for speakers and community.

This event is free and open to the public. Participants are invited to bring signs enforcing Dr. King's messages of non-violence.

Celebration Events

This Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service continues with a week-long series of events, including workshops, speakers, service opportunities and other community engagement events hosted by departments and units throughout Oregon State University. These events, envisioned by Oregon State community members to collaboratively learn about, reflect on and carry on the legacy of Dr. King, are an important part of the annual Celebration.

We invite departments, units, offices, organizations and individuals to submit events that advance the objectives of the Celebration.