MLK Celebration Events

January 10, 2019

King Holiday Observance Kick-off and Reception

  • 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center and Aquatic Center

The reception serves as the opening event for the 2019 King Holiday Observance. This is an invitation to the public to join us in honoring the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr.  Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons, and the Racial Divide, will discuss the future of Dr. King’s legacy and vision of a beloved community, achieved through nonviolent principles.


January 11-13, 2019

Civil Rights Journey to Alabama

Kick-off the 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration with a trip to Selma, Montgomery, and Tuskegee, Alabama, to explore the history of the civil rights era and visit key locations that played a major factor towards the civil rights movement. Major sites include the Tuskegee Airmen Museum, the National Museum for Peace and Justice, and the Edmund Pettus Bridge. There are 70 student and 30 faculty spots available.

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January 15, 2019

Students with King: Celebrate Differences

  • 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: TBD

The purpose of Celebrate Differences is to teach students about the national impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the civil rights movement and his global influence. The event is an opportunity for students to engage in dialogue with King family members, veterans of the movement, and/or people who knew and worked with Dr. and Mrs. King. 


January 15, 2019

Campuswide Student Celebration: Bending the Arc Towards Justice

  • 7:00 p.m.
  • Ferst Center for the Arts

This celebration will feature student speeches, cultural performances, and a candle-lighting ceremony for student organizations. Reception to follow.


January 16, 2019

Distinguished Lecture: Einstein on Politics featuring Dr. Robert Schulmann

Lecture title: The Moral Education of Albert Einstein

  • 3:00 p.m.
  • Student Center Ballroom

Schulmann, former director of the Einstein Papers Project and co-editor of Einstein on Politics, will discuss the interplay of politics with Albert Einstein’s concerns for human rights and the trajectory of his professional career. How, in other words, did a groundbreaking physicist come to be known as a keeper of the world's conscience? The lecture will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations. 


January 17-19, 2019

FOCUS Program

  • Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center

Focus is one of the nation’s premier programs for raising awareness of graduate education among the brightest underrepresented students.


January 19, 2019

The Annual “Salute to Greatness” Awards Gala

  • 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • Hyatt Regency Hotel

One of the highest honors given by the King Center for Nonviolent Change, the Salute to Greatness Award is presented at the dinner to recognize individuals and corporations that exemplify excellence in their leadership and have demonstrated a commitment to social responsibility in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr.


January 21, 2019

MLK Day of Service

  • 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Student Center Ballroom

During Georgia Tech’s ninth annual MLK Day of Service, which honors the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., participants will serve in teams and engage in service projects with metro Atlanta community partners.

RSVP: Trees Atlanta Volunteer Site or West Atlanta Watershed Alliance Volunteer Site


January 21, 2019

National MLK Holiday Observance – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Commemorative Service

  • 10:00 a.m.
  • Ebenezer Baptist Church

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Ecumenical Commemorative Service is the spiritual hallmark of the King holiday observance. Sponsored by the King Center for Nonviolent Change, 20 spaces at this annual church service will be available to the Georgia Tech community through the MLK Day of Service.


January 22, 2019

MLK Lecture: feat​uring Dr. Mae Jemison

  • 7:00 p.m.
  • Ferst Center for the Arts

Jemison, an engineer, physician, and NASA astronaut, will discuss King’s legacy and the journey individuals must take to change the world together and create a shared future.

Free tickets for students become available on January 7, 2019, at

Registration for faculty, staff, and community members: Thank you for your interest in attending the 2019 MLK Lecture featuring Dr. Mae Jemison. Due to limited seating and a high level of responses, we have reached maximum capacity for faculty/staff/community registrations. If you would like to sign up for the waitlist, please click here. If additional tickets are made avaialble, you will be contacted accordingly. 


January 24, 2019

MLK “Sunday” Supper: A Community Meal and Conversation

  • 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Bill Moore Student Success Center

The Georgia Tech community is invited to come together over a meal and discuss the MLK Celebration events, King’s legacy, and creating a shared future. There are 100 spaces available.



January 25-26, 2019

Komansé Dance Theater: Skid

  • 8:00 p.m.
  • Ferst Center for the Arts

Komansé Dance Theater, led by Georgia Tech student Raianna Brown, takes a provocative look at homelessness and gentrification in the metro Atlanta area and beyond. Tickets for this event are $30.

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January 29, 2019

Forces Behind Movements

  • 6:30 p.m.
  • Bill More Student Success Center, President Suite A & Hall of Success

Join us for a conversation around the leadership women have held throughout the civil rights movement and other major social movements. A reception is included, and seating is limited to 30.



February 9, 2019

Break Free from Poverty 5K Walk/Run

  • 8:00 a.m.
  • Student Center

The Georgia Tech MLK Student Board in conjunction with the African-American Student Union will host a 5K Walk/Run to gain awareness of disadvantaged students at Georgia Tech. There is no entry fee, but students are encouraged to donate non-perishable foods and gently used clothing. Please let the designated event sponsor know if you need a reasonable accommodation to participate.


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