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 committees, 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.

2024 Schedule of events


students painting during mlk service day

MLK Legacy Day

Join us for a day of service and community celebration honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy of civic engagement, humanitarianism, and the fight toward equality. The day will begin with service at various community organizations around Baton Rouge. The community celebration will take place in the afternoon, and will consist of a panel dialogue comprised of LSU professors, community leaders, and student voices. The day will conclude with a showing of the film Selma (2014). Selma is a historical drama based on the 1965 Selma Montgomery voting rights marches initiated by James Bevel, led by Dr. King, Hosea Williams, and John Lewis.

Each year, LSU students, staff, and community members make it "a day on, not a day off." We welcome all students, faculty, staff, and community members to engage in this day of service and community celebration to uplift Dr. King's legacy! 

Participants are required to register in advance for Legacy Day. 

MLK Legacy Day Registration

Service project assignments will be given out during check-in. This year we are limiting volunteers to 150 people. Free volunteer t-shirts will be provided, first come, first serve.

Date: Monday, January 15, 2024

Service Check-In Location: LSU Student Union, Magnolia Room
Community Celebration Location: LSU Student Union, Atchafalaya Room


  • 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Volunteer Check-in
  • 8:30 a.m. Welcome
  • 9:00 a.m. Buses depart from LSU to different Baton Rouge sites for service projects.
  • 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Service projects
  • 1:00 p.m. Buses return to LSU
  • 1:15 p.m. Community Celebration begins: Lunch, Panel, and Selma Showing

If you have any questions, please contact us at
225-578-4339 or oma@lsu.edu. Responses may be delayed during the winter break.


unity reception

MLK Unity Celebration

The MLK Unity Celebration is a time-honored tradition joining together Louisiana State University, Southern University, and Baton Rouge Community College for a celebration and commitment to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

During the MLK Unity Reception, we host a keynote address while proudly recogniing the contributions of our student leaders. During this event we encourage our leaders and participants to reflect on their role in resolving critical community issues and to take initiative in enhancing unity among diverse groups within our community.

Date and Time: Thursday, January 18, 2024, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 

Location: LSU Student Union- Magnolia Room 

If you have any questions, please contact us at 225-578-1627 or aacc@lsu.edu. Responses may be delayed during the winter break.