The mission of the Arizona State University‘s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee is to celebrate the legacy and the tenets set forth by Dr. King and his life examples of servant leadership.
Servant leadership is a practical philosophy which supports people who choose to serve first, and then lead as a way of expanding service to individuals and institutions.
Servant-leadership encourages collaboration, trust, foresight, listening and the ethical use of power and empowerment.
The ASU Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee encourages the continuation of Dr. King’s legacy all year long.
Arizona State University will host its 36th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration in January 2021.
Tributes and recognition of Dr. King and the achievements of the civil rights movement have been celebrated at ASU since long before the creation of a state holiday in Arizona.
A highlight of the celebration is the recognition and awards ceremony for the Arizona K-12 students who are winners of the statewide essay-poster contest.
A children’s march on the West campus and other events are also held.
Arizona State University Video: Respect Everyone
Monday, January 18, 2021
Offices and classrooms on all ASU campuses are closed to observe the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 10am – 11am
MLK March on West
Register for the Zoom webinar
Join us for the 30th Annual MLK March on West – held online
Free and open to all. he annual Martin Luther King Jr. March on West is a tradition at Arizona State University’s West campus that dates back to 1991, reaching middle school students, members of the ASU community and the public. This year, educational presentations about the history of the civil rights movement along with the “march” and the program will be held online. Participants will experience a visual mix of live presentations and video clips of the historical 1963 March on Washington, D.C. and past MLK Marches on West. Enjoy a musical program and hear a live rendition of the inspirational “I Have a Dream” speech, reenacted by ASU faculty member Charles St. Clair. For more information, visit: asuevents.asu.edu/west, email: WestEvents@asu.edu or call: 602-543-5300
Arizona State University Video: Martin Luther King Jr. March on Arizona State University’s West campus
Thursday, January 21, 2021 7:00am – 9:00am
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast Celebration
For community members, students, winners of the poster-essay contest and their parents, teachers and principals. By invitation. Information: (480) 965-2777
Monday, January 25, 2021 5:00-7:00 pm
The Martin Luther King Jr, Silent Auction
ASU Tempe Campus
Nelson Fine Arts Plaza
The Black African Coalition, in partnership with our member organizations and the ASU Black Alumni Association, will honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. through a silent auction of donated items from Black artists, designers, and businesses in the Phoenix area. COVID-19 protocols will be enforced. The proceeds will be donated to the Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change. The King Center educates on MLK’s journey and accomplishments. The Center also advocates and provides resources for youth to follow in King’s footsteps and be the social change our country needs (https://thekingcenter.org/). The event will be used to uplift attendees and encourage them to be the social change they want to see. This event carries on the legacy of activists who gave their life in efforts to give us the freedom we now have. With guest speakers Kenja Hassan, Jevin Hodge, Alexander Sojourney, and student performers, we truly hope for you to attend. To purchase tickets and/or donate to the cause, please use this link (https://givebutter.com/3exZWu)
January 2021 (TBD) Service sites and times vary by location
MLK Day of Service
Join ASU MLK Celebration Committee and Changemaker Central for a powerful day of service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Transportation (to/from service site) and lunch provided. See asu.volunteermatch.org for more information.