2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration Week

BATON ROUGE – 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. Organized by the MLK Committee in partnership with the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the celebration includes a series of events to engage the LSU and greater Baton Rouge community in honor of King’s ideals of social justice, non-violence, education, and service.

Monday, Jan. 20
More than 300 volunteers from LSU will participate in the MLK Day of Service. Volunteers will have the opportunity to participate at eight sites, including the Knock Knock Children’s Museum, the LSU Rural Life Museum, and the Baton Rouge Zoo. A full list of volunteer locations will be provided to registered attendees. Online registration is required to participate.

Tuesday, Jan. 21
Community members are invited to attend the MLK Commemorative Program from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the LSU Student Union. This year’s keynote will be Yusef Salaam. Salaam was among five teens from Harlem, known as the “Central Park Five,” who were tried and convicted in the Central Park Jogger Case. All five men were later exonerated after DNA evidence was brought to light. Since his release more than 20 years ago, Salaam has become a family man, father, poet, activist and inspirational speaker. 

Wednesday, Jan. 22
The Performing Arts Night & Candlelight Vigil will take place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the LSU Student Union Theater. The night will begin with the annual MLK Candlelight Vigil, sponsored by the National Pan-Hellenic Council, or NPHC. The Performing Arts Night showcase follows the vigil and will feature the amazing talents of LSU students and students from around the area.

Thursday, Jan. 23
The Unity Celebration will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Club on Union Square at LSU. The MLK Unity Celebration is a time-honored tradition joining together LSU, Southern University and Baton Rouge Community College for a celebration and commitment to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The guest speaker will be Patricia Smith, former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives. This event is invitation only. For questions regarding an invitation please contact the LSU Office of Diversity.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs, a unit of the Office of Diversity, creates an environment at LSU that embraces individual difference, advocates for social justice and cultivates a campus atmosphere of inclusion. 

For more information, please visit www.lsu.edu/MLK



Contact Wes Heath
Office of Multicultural Affairs


Ernie Ballard
LSU Media Relations