Arizona State University will host its 27th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration in January 2012. 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 “Reflect and Act.” All events are free and open to the public unless noted.


All ASU Campuses

January 16
Join the 27th anniversary celebration of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday by honoring his legacy and giving back to our community. For more information or to register, visit:
Information: 480-965-9600.

January 16
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.

Tempe Campus

January 19
MLK Student Rally, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Hayden Lawn, with a talk by the 2012 Student Servant-Leadership Award winner, as well as presentations and cultural performances by other ASU students.
Information: 480-965-6601.

West Campus

January 18
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 23
Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Celebration 7 - 9 a.m. in the La Sala 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. By invitation.
Information: 480-965-1985.