2024 Schedule of Events

Martin Luther King Jr. Day honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and is one of two national days of service in the United States. We hope that you will join us for one or many of the events below, and consider joining in a service project in your community.

Monday, January 15

MLK Day of Service

Join the Center for Civic Engagement in volunteering for a community service project. For more information, visit the Center for Civic Engagement MLK Day of Service page.

Tuesday, January 16

National Day of Racial Healing

Join colleagues as we leverage the National Day of Racial Healing framework to help us, as a university community, develop critical and reflexive thinking that directly supports culturally and racially non-harming, compassionate, and ethical practices towards ourselves and towards our collective learning. For more information about the day’s events, visit the National Day of Racial Healing Schedule at a Glance page.

MLK Film Series: Selma

CUB Auditorium
6:00 p.m.
Additional details forthcoming.

Wednesday, January 17

Caring Cougar Cards – Systemwide MLK Service Project


Join WSU students, faculty, staff, and alumni to create encouraging and uplifting cards for community partners across the nation. For more information, visit the MLK Caring Cougar Cards page.

MLK Film Series: Wakanda Forever

CUB Auditorium
7:00 p.m.
Additional details forthcoming.

Thursday, January 18

Finding Our Way Back Home: Luncheon, Fireside Chat, and Book Signing with Dr. Marc Robinson

CUB Jr. Ballroom
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Join colleagues for a lunch, fireside chat, and book signing with WSU alumnus Dr. Marc Robinson. Dr. Robinson’s forthcoming book, Washington State Rising: Black Power on Campus in the Pacific Northwest is a part of the Black Power Series of New York University Press. The book re-positions debates about the Civil Rights Movement, placing the Pacific Northwest within that framework. It is the first monograph to uncover the inspiring activism and outstanding contributions of the Black Student Union in the state of Washington.

MLK Celebration, Keynote Address, and Award Ceremony

CUB Sr. Ballroom
6 to 8 p.m.

Poetry, dance, and singing performances will be accompanied by MLK spirit award winner announcements and a keynote address by Dr. Marc Robinson.

Friday, January 19

MLK Film Series: The Burial

CUB Auditorium
6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

“Inspired by true events, when a handshake deal goes sour, funeral home owner Jeremiah O’Keefe (Academy Award® winner Tommy Lee Jones) enlists charismatic, smooth-talking attorney Willie E. Gary (Academy Award® winner Jamie Foxx) to save his family business. Tempers flare and laughter ensues as the unlikely pair bond while exposing corporate corruption and racial injustice in this inspirational, triumphant story.” –IMDB