Martin Luther King Program

Office of the Provost

WSU MLK program localSince 1986, the first year of the Martin Luther King holiday, Washington State University has held an annual program to mark Dr. King’s birthday.  Our Community Celebrations consist of an Arts Showcase, Distinguished Service Award Winners and a keynote speech.  In the past, WSU has had the tremendous opportunity to bring in speakers such as Martin Luther King III, Arun Gandhi, Benjamin Hooks, Morris Dees, Yolanda King, Cornel West, Diane Nash, Michael Eric Dyson, and Angela Davis.  In 2017, WSU will host its 30th Annual Martin Luther King Community Celebration.

MLK Program Timeline

 

2016

29th Annual MLK Community Celebration

Keynote Speaker: Jasiri X, community activist, social commentator and hip hop artist

 

2015

28th Annual MLK Community Celebration

Keynote Speaker: Angela Y. Davis, scholar and activist

 

2014

27th Annual MLK Community Celebration

Keynote Speaker: Diane Nash, 1960s civil rights activist and Michael Eric Dyson, Georgetown sociology professor and media icon

2013

26th Annual MLK Community Celebration

Keynote Speaker: David J. Leonard, WSU Associate Professor/Chair Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies

 

2012

25th Annual MLK Community Celebration

Keynote Speaker: Aaron Oforlea, WSU Assistant Professor, English Department

 

2011

24th Annual MLK Community Celebration

Keynote speaker: President Elson S. Floyd

 

2010

23rd Annual MLK Community Celebration

Keynote Speaker: Robert Bauman, Associate Professor, History, WSU Tri-Cities

 

2009

22nd Annual MLK Community Celebration

Keynote Speaker: Henry Averhart, WSU doctoral student

 

2008

21st Annual MLK Community Celebration

Keynote Speaker: Eyes on the Prize documentarian

 

2007

20th Annual MLK Community Celebration

Keynote Speaker: Leonard Pitts Jr., Pulitzer Prize winner

 

2006

19th Annual MLK Community Celebration

Keynote Speaker: Cornel West, activist and scholar

 

2005

18th Annual MLK Community Celebration

Keynote Speaker: Yolanda King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr.

 

2004

17th Annual MLK Community Celebration

Keynote Speaker: Carl Mack, President of the Seattle chapter of the NAACP

 

2003

16th Annual MLK Community Celebration

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2002

15th Annual MLK Community Celebration

Keynote Speaker: Morris Dees, founder of Southern Poverty Law Center

 

2001

14th Annual MLK Community Celebration

Keynote Speaker: Benjamin Hooks, former NAACP executive director and King’s friend

 

2000

13th Annual MLK Community Celebration

Keynote Speaker: Dorothy Cotton, former education director for the SCLC

 

1999

12th Annual MLK Community Celebration

Keynote Speaker: Patricia Russell-McCloud, attorney and motivational speaker, former chief of complaints branch at Federal Communications Commission

 

1998

11th Annual MLK Community Celebration

Keynote Speaker: Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mohandas K. “Mahatma” Gandhi, co-director and co-founder of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence in Memphis, TN

 

1997

10th Annual MLK Community Celebration

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Frank Hale, Jr, former president of Oakwood College, AL.  Faculty at Ohio State, former Vice provost for Minority Affairs and social assistant to president at Ohio St.

 

1996

9th Annual MLK Community Celebration

Keynote Speaker: Patricia Russell-McCloud, attorney and motivational speaker (former chief of complaints branch at Federal Communications Commission

 

1995

8th Annual MLK Community Celebration

Keynote Speaker: Martin Luther King III, son of MLK Jr., human rights advocate, community activist, and political leader

 

1994

7th Annual MLK Community Celebration

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Julia Hare, Educational Psychologist and Motivational Specialist from San Francisco, CA

 

1993

6th Annual MLK Community Celebration

Keynote Speaker: Alma Adams, North Carolina artist, educator, and civic leader, director of humanities division and chair of visual art and humane studies at Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina

 

1992

5th Annual MLK Community Celebration

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Maxine Mimms, founder of the Tacoma branch of Evergreen State College

 

1991

4th Annual MLK Community Celebration

Keynote Speaker: Rev. Samuel D. Proctor, pastor emeritus of Abyssinian Baptist Church in NYC

Rev. Happy Watkins recited the I Have a Dream speech

 

1990

3rd Annual MLK Community Celebration

Keynote Speaker: Judge Norma Smith-Huggins, first black woman judge in King County superior court

 

 1989

2nd Annual MLK

Keynote Speaker: Rev. Calvin Butts III, executive minister of New York City’s Abyssinian Baptist Church

 

1988

1st Annual MLK Community Celebration

Keynote Speaker: Rev. Jerry Ramsey III of Bible Way Church of God in Christ in Everett,

Washington