The Office of Institutional Diversity and the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Planning Committee are proud to announce plans for the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration to be held Jan. 14-20. The full schedule of Celebration Events is now available.

In its 35th year, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is one of Oregon State University’s longest running events focused on social justice and transformative change. This year, the Celebration will consist of:

  • The Celebration - A week-long event consisting of workshops, speakers, service opportunities and other community engagement events hosted by many OSU departments. The Celebration will begin with a day of service on Saturday, Jan. 14, hosted by the Center for Civic Engagement. Check out the full schedule of Celebration Events!
  • The Peace Breakfast and Keynote Address - A breakfast to honor the legacy of Dr. King, where legacy awards are presented to community members for exemplary service. The breakfast will take place on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – Jan. 16 – and will be followed by a keynote address and a Peace March to the Student Experience Center Plaza.

This year’s keynote speaker is Franchesca Ramsey, an actress, comedian, writer, activist and a leading voice at the confluence of pop culture and social justice education. She hosts the popular Decoded series on MTV News and was a writer and regular contributor to The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore on Comedy Central. Ramsey’s work with Decoded explores race, ethnicity, gender and culture by using comedy as a vehicle for activism and learning. Ramsey has been featured on MTV, in the New York Times, NPR, Ebony Magazine and the BBC. During her visit to Oregon State, Ms. Ramsey will also spend time with students, faculty and staff.

The Peace Breakfast will be free and open with registration to Oregon State community members and invited guests. The Peace Breakfast is at full capacity and registration has closed.

The Keynote Address and Peace March will be free and open to the public.

Celebration Events

An important part of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration are events envisioned by Oregon State community members to collaboratively learn about, reflect on and carry on the legacy of Dr. King. Events in the past have included art shows, spoken word performances, interfaith celebrations, workshops, dialogues, lectures, panels, marches and calls to action, just to name a few.

Check out the full schedule of Celebration Events!

Celebration Legacy Awards

Two legacy awards are awarded each year at the Peace Breakfast by the Celebration committee – the Phyllis S. Lee Award and the Frances Dancy Hooks Award.

The Phyllis S. Lee Award honors a member of the Oregon State community who exemplifies Dr. Lee’s commitment and dedication to social justice and the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Frances Dancy Hooks Award recognizes Oregon State students, staff or faculty who exemplify Frances Dancy Hooks’ work: building bridges across cultures, showing courage in promoting diversity, and proudly “Walking the Talk.”

Please consider nominating a colleague deserving of one of these awards. Nomination submission instructions are available here. Nominations will be accepted until Dec. 30.

For updates and event information, please follow the Celebration on Facebook. We look forward to sharing more details about this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration with the Oregon State community!