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. This year's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration will take place from January 19-25, 2019. The Peace Breakfast will be held on Monday, January 21, 2019.

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.

Peace Breakfast, Keynote Address and Peace March

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 community members and invited guests with registration. Child care is available from 9 am-12 pm for those attending the breakfast and the Keynote Lecture following. 

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Keynote Address will follow the Peace Breakfast at 11:00 a.m. in the La Sells Stewart Center. This year’s Keynote Speaker is Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, author and advocate for social justice. 

Reviving an Oregon State tradition, the Keynote Address will be followed by a Peace March at 12:30 p.m. from the La Sells Stewart Center to the Memorial Union. The Peace March is an opportunity to join in solidarity with community members and reflect on Dr. King’s legacy of creating transformative change through non-violence.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Schedule, Jan. 21, 2019

  • Peace Breakfast: 9-10:30 am, CH2M HILL Alumni Center
  • Keynote Address with Sybrina Fulton: 11 am-12 pm, La Sells Stewart Center
  • Peace March: Departs 12:30 pm from the La Sells Stewart Center; a one mile route through campus, ending at the Memorial Union


Tickets for the Peace Breakfast are sold out, but guests can sign up for the waitlist.

Free tickets for the Keynote Address with Sybrina Fulton are available, and may be reserved using the button below:

Eventbrite - 37th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Breakfast and Keynote Session

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.

The Peace Breakfast, Keynote Address and Peace March - A breakfast to honor the legacy of Dr. King, where legacy awards are presented to community members for exemplary service. The Peace Breakfast takes place on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The breakfast is followed by a keynote address and Peace March.

Please see the Celebration Events page for a full listing of scheduled events.

An Evening with Angelique Kidjo: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Special Event

The College of Liberal Arts' SAC Presents series hosts three-time GRAMMY Award winner Angélique Kidjo in a special talk and solo music performance as part of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on campus. This special event will be Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019 at 7:30 pm in the La Sells Stewart Center. For more information and ticket pricing please visit the School of Arts and Communication website.

Legacy Awards

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

  • The Frances Dancy Hooks Award
  • The Phyllis S. Lee Award
  • The Oscar Humberto Montemayor Award

Nominations for the 2019 legacy awards are now closed.


Connect With Us