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.

 

NOTE: We will be observing all local health and OSU guidelines related to COVID-19 and we will update you about those protocols closer to the event. In alignment with university policy, proof of COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of this event (in the form of a paper or electronic copy) will be required for attendance. Additionally, face coverings are required except when actively eating or drinking.

Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by Jan. 10 to the Office of Institutional Diversity at 541-737-1063 or [email protected].

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. Deadline to register is Jan. 9.

Jan. 17, 2022
9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
CH2M Hill Alumni Center
 

Keynote Speaker

The 2022 keynote speaker is LaTosha Brown, cofounder of Black Voters Matter Fund, visionary thought leader and cultural activist. Brown is nationally recognized as the “go-to” expert in Black voting rights and voter suppression, Black women’s empowerment and philanthropy. Her voice is the nexus between the civil rights movement, the Black Power movement and Black Lives Matter.

The Keynote event is free and open to the public, with advanced registration. The event is free. Questions for Ms. Brown may be submitted in advance during registration. Deadline to register is Jan. 9.

Jan. 17, 2022
11 a.m. to Noon
Offered in-person in the LaSells Stewart Center, and virtually with registration.
 
 

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.

Jan. 17, 2022
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Time approximate; follows the conclusion of the keynote.)
LaSells Stewart Center patio to the Memorial Union

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 2022 awards are now closed. Recipients will be announced as part of the Peace Breakfast on Jan. 17.

 

Legacy Award Information

Celebration Events

This year’s event kicks off with the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service—coordinated by Community Engagement & Leadership—on Jan. 15, 2022, and 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. Event submission deadline: Jan. 7, 2022.

 

Celebration Events

Support diversity, equity and inclusion

Thanks to generous donors who have put forward more than $15,000 in challenges, you can increase your impact when you invest in programs that advance diversity, equity and inclusion in the Oregon State community. Learn more about OSU's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion - and how you can support these efforts with a gift of any size - by visiting OregonStateDEI.org.

 

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