Arizona State University will host its 26th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration in January 2011. 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 "exchange for a better tomorrow." All events are free and open to the public unless noted.



January 17
MLK Day of Service
10am–1pm, University Public School Phoenix

Join the 26th anniversary celebration of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday by honoring his legacy and giving back to our community. We will complete several service projects on the campus of University Public School Phoenix. Bring your family, friends and neighbors to volunteer along with you on this power day of service! Lunch will be provided for all volunteers.

Transportation available from ASU campuses at 9am.
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For more information or to register, visit:
Information: 480-965-9600

January 17
Offices and classrooms on the four ASU campuses are closed to observe the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

January 18 - 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 online.


January 20
Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Celebration

From 7-9 am in the Memorial Union, 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. Herb Ely, who drafted Arizona's civil rights bill in 1965, will receive the 2010 Servant-Leadership Award. By invitation.
Information: 480-965-1985.

Parking for Breakfast Celebration

Parking has been reserved for you in the visitor section of the Apache Blvd Parking Structure. Enter on the north side. Although there may be a "Lot Full" sign, please tell the attendant that you are attending the Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast. Parking validation will be provided.

For more information on parking and the breakfast, please call 480.965.1985.

January 20
MLK Student Rally

From 11:30 am - 1 pm on Memorial Union north stage, with a talk by the 2011 Student Servant-Leadership Award winner Alex Wilson, as well as presentations and cultural performances by other ASU students.
Information: 480-965-6601.


January 25

"A Vote from Alice," noon, Herberger Lunchtime Theatre, complimentary tickets to a one-act play about Alice Allison Dunnigan, the first African-American female correspondent to receive White House credentials.


January 18–21
MLK Food Drive

In the spirit of fulfilling dreams, donations of non-perishable food will be collected and given to local food banks to feed needy, hungry families in our community. Campus collection sites can be found in lobby areas around campus.

January 19
March on West
11am, Kiva Courtyard

Join local 6th, 7th and 8th grade students and their teachers as they visit the West campus for the traditional "I Have a Dream" speech and historical March on Washington reenactment. Interactive educational presentations before and after the March on West will help students understand the significance of Martin Luther King's impact on our nation's history and in our lives.

West campus faculty, staff and students . . . Don't miss the inspirational and traditional "I have a dream" speech reenacted by Charles St. Clair, and to cheer on these middle school students, accompanied by percussion and drum cadence, as they March on West!

January 19
ThinK Series Film
5:30pm, Kiva Lecture Hall

Film: "Mountains That Take Wing: Angela Davis & Yuri Kochiyama—A Conversation on Life, Struggles and Liberation" directed and produced by ASU professors C.A. Griffith and H.L.T. Quan.
4:30pm – Reception in Kiva
5pm – Film (98 min)
6:45–7:15pm – Q&A session

January 21
Poetry Jam
7pm, Kiva Lecture Hall

"The Evolution of his Dream–In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." The ASU Black Graduate Student Association presents an evening of poetic, lyrical and soulful expressions through multimedia presentations of how Dr. King's dream impact and motivate us as artists.

For more information, media may contact Sarah Auffret at ASU Media Relations and Public Information,