Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2018 Celebration

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2018 Celebration

The mission of the ASU 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.


The Celebration

Arizona State University will host its 33rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration in January 2018. 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 13, 2018

MLK Holiday
January 15, 2018
Offices and classrooms on all ASU campuses are closed to observe the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

March on West
January 17, 2018 11AM

The Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. as American Leader and Statesman
January 17, 2018 4PM
Hayden Library, Concourse C2

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast Celebration
January 18, 2018 7AM-9AM


"Life's most persistent and urgent question is,
'What are you doing for others?'"


Cindy Hensley McCain

2018 Community Servant-Leadership Awardee

Philanthropic powerhouse Cindy McCain will receive this year’s ASU Martin Luther King Jr. Servant-Leadership Award for her work in combatting human trafficking.

Dedicating her life to defending individuals’ basic human rights, McCain’s leadership has proven invaluable in numerous organizations including the McCain Institute, the Arizona Governor’s Council on Human Trafficking, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Project C.U.R.E and many more. Still, her service on the frontlines, researching and working with vulnerable populations has helped her educate others on the signs of human trafficking, how to avoid falling prey and the myriad rippling impacts of the crime. McCain follows in Dr. King’s footsteps in helping to create a better world for her children and future generations

Evvan Morton

2018 Student Servant-Leadership Awardee

View Evvan Morton's acceptance speech.

Evvan Morton believes that with a better education, we can create a more sustainable world. A graduate student in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Morton is working on her Ph.D. in the Science of Sustainable Engineering and hopes to use her education to help to bridge a gap between science policy and scientists. Morton will receive this year’s ASU Martin Luther King Jr. Student Servant-Leadership Award.

Morton is the president of the Black Graduate Student Association, winner of the Brown and Caldwell Women in Leadership Scholarship for women pursing environmental sciences and is an advocate for women, particularly black women, in science and engineering fields through her service and leadership experiences.

Morton hopes to one day pursue a career in government helping to make more sustainable environmental decisions. One of her goals is to work in the Department of State. Some of her role models include Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice.

"I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."