Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration

The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration highlights and memorializes the work, accomplishments, and legacy of one of the greatest Civil Rights and African American leaders in modern history. The Celebration, organized by the collective efforts of students, faculty and staff led committee(s), conceptualizes and executes a series of events to engage the LSU and greater Baton Rouge community on actualizing Dr. King's ideals of social justice, non-violence, education, and service.  


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2017 Schedule

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LSU Food Pantry MLK Food Drive

The MLK Food Drive serves to replenish the LSU Food Pantry with needed items for LSU students who utilize the pantry.  All non-perishable food items are accepted.  Drop off items at the LSU Food Pantry located in LSU Student Union Room 455 Monday through Friday between 10am and 4pm.  Items will also be accepted at the Office of Multicultural Affairs Monday through Friday between 9am - 6pm  and the African American Cultural Center Monday through Thursday between 9am and 9pm.

The Food Drive will run from January 2 through January 31.


For more information contact the Subcommittee Chairs: Anna Sheffield (asheff9@lsu.edu) or Javaisha Lee (jlee223@lsu.edu)


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MLK Day of Service

The MLK Day of Service is held on Monday, January 16, 2017 from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm.

Each year, approximately 200+ volunteers comprised of LSU students, staff, and community members make it "a day on not a day off' and engage in service projects through MLK Day of Service. Individuals as well as organizations are able to sign up prior to January 1. Your participation is key to our impactful service. Please email us if you have to cancel. 

For more information contact the Team Lead: Tia Jordan (tjord24@lsu.edu)

Register here for Mlk Day of Service



MLK Candlelight Vigil

The vigil will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Memorial Tower on January 16, 2017.

Following the "MLK Day of Service," a candlelight vigil and march, sponsored by the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), will be held to observe Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The candlelight vigil will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a short program at the Memorial Tower in honor and remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s work and contribution.  Following the Vigil, there will be a celebration and some light refreshments.

For more information contact Anesha Pink (apink2@lsu.edu).


MLK Commemorative

MLK Commemorative Program

The MLK Commemorative Program is scheduled for Tuesday, January 17, 2017 from  4:30 pm - 6:00 pm in the Union Theater in conjunction with a Fireside Chat at 7 pm in the Union Reception Area.

Each year, the MLK Commemorative Program brings the foremost authors, scholars, and activists to our campus for critical discussion on diversity, education, and issues of social justice.  Former MLK Commemorative Keynote Speakers include Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Dr. Nikki Giovanni and Myrlie Evers-Williams.  The 2016 MLK Commemorative Keynote Speaker was Alicia Garza of #BlackLivesMatter.

The 2017  Commemorative Speaker is Shaun King.

The Fireside Chat is for invited guest only to have a more intimate dialogue with the Keynote Speaker.

For more information contact Team Lead: Aeryel Williams (awill456@lsu.edu)

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Unity Reception

The MLK Unity Reception takes place Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 6:30 pm in The Club (formally known as the Faculty Club).

The MLK Unity Reception is a time honored tradition joining together LSU, Southern University, and Baton Rouge Community College for a celebration and appreciation event.  During the Unity Reception we proudly recognize the contributions of our leaders with a keynote address, encourage our student leaders to reflect on their role in resolving critical community issues, and to take initiative in enhancing unity among diverse groups within our community.

This event is invite only.

For more information contact the LSU Team Lead: Jasmine DeRiggs (jderig1@lsu.edu)



MLK Dance

Performing Arts Night

Join us Thursday, January 19, 2017 for a night of extraordinary talent celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

One of the most anticipated events of the MLK Commemorative Celebration is Performing Arts Night (PAN). You will witness the hard work, dedication, and most importantly, the amazing talents of LSU students and students from around the area. Every year we come together in celebration to offer students an outlet of expression to honor both the dream and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through their choice of artistic expression.  Dr. King's enduring legacy has long been associated with his means of creative expression as an orator, a reverend and a civil rights activist.  The MLK Performing Arts Night is free and open to the public.  

Located in the LSU Student Union Theater. Show starts at 7 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm.

For more information contact the Team Lead: Javaisha Lee ( jlee223@lsu.edu )