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 kicked off January 18, 2021 with the celebration opening and keynote speaker Angela Davis, activist, educator and author. 

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

A version of the event recording with ASL interpretation is also available.

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.

Virtual March for Racial Justice

This short documentary covers important moments in the long struggle of Black students for racial justice at Oregon State and beyond. Produced by students and staff affiliated with the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center on the Corvallis campus, this projects looks at the past and future of racial justice.

This project us a collaboration between the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center, Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Oregon State Productions and the Office of Institutional Diversity.

Special thanks to the the team that put this together with many volunteer hours, particularly the students who gave this project their time, their reflections, their talents and their hearts. Contributors include: Alexus Allen, Joel Shengu, Chris Peterson, Destiny Franklin, James Duncan, Dwaine Plaza, Terrance Harris, Larry Landis and David Baker.

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 closed. Winners will be announced as part of the Celebration and Keynote on January 18.

Legacy Award Information

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. 


Celebration Events

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