Arizona State University will host its 25th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration in January 2010. 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 campus mall and other special events are all part of the legacy ASU has observed over the past 25 years. This year’s theme is “Picture Your Potential.” All events are free and open to the public unless noted.


January 18
Offices and classrooms on the four ASU campuses are closed to observe the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

January 19 - 31
Poster-essay contest entries from schoolchildren around the state will be on display at the Tempe campus Memorial Union, the Student Union at ASU Polytechnic, and also here.


January 18
MLK Day of Service, 8 a.m.
-1 p.m.: Students and staff will conduct a clean-up of the South Mountain Park. For more information or to register, visit: Information: 480-965-9600.

January 19
MLK Student Rally, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Memorial Union north stage, with a talk by the 2010 Student Servant-Leadership Award winner, Dominick Hernandez, as well as presentations and cultural performances by other ASU students. Information: 480-965-6601.

February 10
Lecture and discussion by Dr. Lonnie G. Bunch, founding director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, 7 p.m. in Coor Hall 170. Information:


January 19
Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Celebration 7 – 9 a.m. in the union ballroom, for community members, students, winners of the poster-essay contest and their parents, teachers and principals. President Michael Crow and the celebration committee are hosts. Eugene Grigsby, noted art educator and community leader, will receive the 2010 Servant-Leadership Award. By invitation. Information: 480-965-1985.

February 10
Conversation about African-American myth and history, 6 p.m. in Student Union Cooley Ballroom, with Russell L. Goings, the first black owner of an investment firm who became chairman of the Studio Museum in Harlem and later in life, a celebrated poet. Information: 480-727-1165.


January 21
MLK Spoken Word event, 7 p.m. Nursing Phase II Building, room 110. Information: 602-496-0971.

February 17
Contemporary Civil Rights Challenges forum, 5:30 - 8 p.m. in the A.E. England Building at Civic Space Park, with panelists Lavern Diggs, Gabriel Escontrias, Jr., and Nicholas Walker from ASU, and legislator Kyrsten Sinema. Information: Carol Sumner, 602-496-1913.


January 20
March on West, a half-day event for 500 middle-school students starting at 9 a.m. with presentations and creation of posters on a civil rights theme in LaSala ballroom. Students will reenact King's march on Washington, at 11 a.m. Features a rendition of King's "I Have a Dream" speech by Charles St. Clair. Information: 602-543-8407.

For more information, media may contact Sarah Auffret at ASU Media Relations and Public Information, (480) 965-6991.