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.


The 39th Annual event kicks off January 18, 2021 with the celebration opening and keynote speaker Angela Davis, activist, educator and author. The 2021 event will be virtual. Registration for the free event is now open.

The event is sponsored by Oregon State University, the Office of Institutional Diversity, the OSU Foundation and the OSU Alumni Association.

Angela Davis

2021 Keynote Speaker

This year’s keynote speaker is Angela Davis, American political activist, philosopher, academic and author. Through her activism and scholarship over many decades, Angela Davis has been deeply involved in movements for social justice around the world. Her work as an educator – both at the university level and in the larger public sphere – has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial and gender justice.

Celebration Events

The Celebration - A week-long series consisting of workshops, speakers, service opportunities and other community engagement events hosted by departments and units throughout Oregon State. To include your event in the 2021 Celebration calendar of events, please submit this form.

Celebration Event Submissions

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.

Nominations for the 2021 Legacy Awards are now open. Submit nominations by Friday, December 11, 2020.

Legacy Award Information