Arizona State University Martin Luther King, Jr. 2017 Celebration

Martin Luther King, Jr. 2017 Celebration

Martin Luther King, Jr. 2017 Celebration

The mission of the ASU 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 Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee encourages the continuation of Dr. King's legacy all year long.


The Celebration

Arizona State University will host its 32nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration in January, 2017. 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 student rally, children's march on the West campus and other events are also held.


MLK Day of Service
January 14, 2017

Join ASU MLK Celebration Committee and Changemaker Central in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. by volunteering in your community. Transportation provided for ASU students. Register now at: Information: 480- 965-0305.

MLK Holiday
January 16, 2017

Offices and classrooms on the four ASU campuses are closed to observe the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

March on West
January 18, 2017

Everyone is invited to join the MLK March on West and experience the reenactment. The event is free and open to all - students, faculty, staff and community members. The march starts at the Paley Gates in front of campus and ends in the Sands/Kiva Courtyard. Visitor parking on campus costs $3 per hour. For more information, please check out our website.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast Celebration
January 19, 2017

For community members, students, winners of the poster-essay contest and their parents, teachers and principals. By invitation. Information: 480-965-5566.

MLK Student Rally and Student Organization Fair
January 19, 2017

On North Stage Memorial Union and Hayden Lawn. Come celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and servant leadership. We will take you on a journey of what it means to be a servant leader through 10 characteristics, we will also share inspirational words of our country's servant leaders and introduce the 2016 Servant-Leadership Awardee. You are in for a transformative treat!

11th Annual, Peace Luncheon
February 8, 2017

The Polytechnic campus in conjunction with the Council of Religious Advisors (Poly CORA) and Educational Outreach and Student Services (EOSS) It's a celebration where different faith groups come together to talk about how faith and beliefs help to attain peace on a local, national and global level. RSVP's are required and you can send yours to, Union Ballrooms.



2017 Essay form
2017 Poster/Bookmark form

2016 Winning Bookmarks and Posters
2016 Winning Essays



Text to the “I have a dream” speech
PBS's “Citizen King”
Stanford University's Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — National Geographic Kids
Day of Service


“The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.” by Martin Luther King Jr. and Clayborne Carson

“A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.” by Martin Luther King and James M. Washington

“Becoming King: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Making of a National Leader.” by Troy Jackson PhD and Clayborne Carson


Speeches by Dr. King
MLK on Nonviolence
MLK, Jr. Remembered
“We Shall Overcome” audio with images


2016-17 Student Nomination Form

Fatimah Halim is the
face of change.

2016 Communitee Servant-Leadership Awardee

Fatimah Halim is an artist born into a family of writers, storytellers and musicians. She has garnered success as a Special Events Coordinator, professional performance artist, pop vocalist, ethnic dancer, and inspirational author and speaker. She is the designer, facilitator, and author of Rites of Passage Programs for Phoenix area youth. This commitment to youth has driven her passion for over 20 years. Her dedication to promoting the development of women and girls is also evident in the Journey Home Program: An Arts Experience for Incarcerated Women; in her latest book, “Blueprint for Womanhood: A Rites of Passage Handbook for Growing Girls.” In Zhenzhou, China, she was a guest of the Shanghai Women's Federation, where she presented a workshop on her Rites of Passage Program at Sias International University.

Her background in Economic Development includes working with the City of Phoenix Economic Development Department where she was responsible for the overall marketing and promotion of citywide economic development programs and activities impacting thousands of small businesses and advocacy organizations annually.

For over thirteen years, she has created and produced major cultural festivals and events for the City of Phoenix enhancing the cultural image of Phoenix on a national level. Fatimah began her professional life in New York City as back-up singer for Laura Nyro and recorded with Jimi Hendrix as a member of Ghettofighters. She traveled to Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, Brazil, the Bahamas, and throughout the American South studying her art and performing her stories. She has toured, as a storyteller, with Rosa Parks, Mother of the modern day Civil Rights Movement and her highly acclaimed one-woman show “She's So G.H.E.T.T.O. — Chronicles of a Ghetto Girl Gone Goddess” has brought audiences to their feet in tears and laughter. She is currently -woman show “Juliette Must Die — A Story of a Woman in Conflict with Herself.”

Alpha Kappa Alpha awarded her the 2012 Emerging Young Leaders award and the George Gervin Prep Academy presented her with the 2012 Community Service Award. In 2011, Fatimah was presented the Icon Award by the Worthy Institute; 2010 Links Living History Award for the Arts; 2010 National Council of Negro Women Award recipient; 2009 Hon Kachina Award; the YWCA's Tribute to Woman — Creative Artist of the Year Award; Phoenix College — Alumni of the Year; Phoenix College — Living Legend Award; Arizona Governor's Mentoring Award; Phoenix Human Relations Commission Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Living the Dream Award; Phoenix Black Community's Quiet Hero Award; ASU students' Nzinga Award; and BlackpoetVentures' Angaza Award. She was named “Best Goddess of the Sisterhood” in the New Times Best of Phoenix for her work with women and girls and recognized by the Phoenix Suns Organization for her work with youth.

Fatimah has also received one of the highest awards from the East Valley NAACP, honored at the 2015 Freedom Fund Gala with the Roy Wilkins Community Service Award.

Jasmine Anglen is the
face of change.

2016 Student Servant-Leadership Awardee

Jasmine Anglen is the founder and president of the nonprofit, All Walks Project, to provide rehabilitation programs to survivors of sex trafficking in Arizona. Under Anglen's leadership, the program received the Edson Student Entrepreneurship Initiative Award of $10,000 and is set to expand nationally.

Anglen is a Finance and Management dual-major at Barrett, The Honors College and the W.P. Carey School of Business and is set to graduate spring 2016.

As a Changemaker Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist, Anglen was selected as one of the most promising and effective student social entrepreneurs at ASU. Other honors include; Undergraduate Student Leader of the Year Finalist, Social Venture Partners Fast Student Pitch Winner, Clinton Global Initiative University Delegate, W.P. Carey Business School Student Leader of the Year Finalist, Craig and Barbara Barrett Scholar, National Merit Scholar, Flinn Foundation Scholar, American Legion Auxiliary Scholar, Bests Buy Service and Leadership Recipient and Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation Scholar.

Anglen's community service is also evident in several other projects, such as organizing nearly a dozen university-wide service projects at ASU, volunteering at an orphanage in Romania, and her fundraising efforts for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the American Cancer Society.

Anglen has served as a business consultant for small businesses through the Innovations Advancement Clinic and as the President of the Entrepreneurs@ASU club where she worked with novice, student entrepreneurs. She has interned with several startups and is enthusiastic about continuing to help entrepreneurs succeed in business. She hopes to one day run an incubator or accelerator program for startups.