MLK Celebration Events

January 14, 2020

King Holiday Observance Kickoff Reception and Dream Forward Awards

6 - 8 p.m.
The King Center Atrium and Theater

The Kickoff Reception serves as the opening event for the King Holiday Observance and is an invitation to the public to join us in honoring the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It also includes the Dream Forward Community Service Awards, which will be presented in the following categories: faith-based leadership, environmental responsibility, elected officials, media, international affairs, and social justice. Free and open to the public.


January 15, 2020

MLK Lecture featuring journalist Yamiche Alcindor

3 p.m.
Student Center Ballroom

As part of Georgia Tech’s 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, the Ninth Annual MLK Lecture will feature journalist Yamiche Alcindor, PBS NewsHour White House correspondent and political contributor for NBC News and MSNBC. 


January 16, 2020

Campuswide Student Celebration

7 p.m.
Student Center Ballroom

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


January 16-19, 2020

Georgia Tech Focus Program

Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center

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


January 18, 2020

Annual Salute to Greatness Awards Gala

6 - 11:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Hotel

One of the highest honors given by the King Center for Nonviolent Change, the Salute to Greatness Awards 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. (Ticketed event.)

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January 20, 2020

MLK Day of Service

8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Student Center Ballroom

During Georgia Tech’s 10th annual MLK Day of Service, which honors the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., participants will serve in teams and participate in service projects with metro Atlanta community partners. 

To learn more and to register, visit the Civic Engagement Engage page.


January 20, 2020

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

Ebenezer Baptist Church

The spiritual hallmark of the King holiday observance, this ecumenical service is sponsored by the King Center for Nonviolent Change. Ten spaces will be available to the Georgia Tech community to attend. Registration will be included in the MLK Day of Service sign-up link found on the Civic Engagement Engage page.


January 20, 2020

King Week Holiday March and Rally

1:30 p.m.

The King Week Holiday March and Rally is held on Auburn Avenue, from Peachtree Street to Jackson Street. The rally will address issues related to education, transportation, housing, environmental justice, job creation, and voter registration.


January 20, 2020

Beloved Community Talks

2:30-6:30 p.m.

The mission of Beloved Community Talks is to create an environment conducive to open, honest, and unapologetic conversations that are civil, bringing people out of their comfort zone to promote understanding and to contribute to the eradication of systemic racial injustice.

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January 20, 2020

Beloved Community Talks SERVICE Project

2:30 - 6:30 p.m.

The King Center invites individuals to participate in a service initiative that will connect Dr. King’s nonviolent philosophy to service opportunities across metro Atlanta.

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January 23, 2020

MLK “Sunday” Supper: A Community Meal and Conversation

6 - 8 p.m.
Bill Moore Student Success Center

The Georgia Tech community is invited to come together over a meal to discuss the 2020 MLK celebration events, King’s legacy, and more. There are 100 spaces available.



January 27, 2020

Our Beloved Community

6 p.m.
Student Center Theater

Dr. King often spoke of the notion of the beloved community as a way of transforming people and relationships and creating communities grounded in reconciliation, friendship, and human dignity. The Department of Housing and Residence Life at Georgia Tech will honor this ideal by celebrating residents, faculty, and staff who have contributed to building community throughout our residential campus. We will also discuss service and activism in the current social climate. The event will feature a panel discussion and a video presentation. Attendees will answer the question: “In the fierceness of now, how can you contribute to making the idea of the beloved community a reality?”

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Please let the designated event sponsor know if you need a reasonable accommodation to participate. 

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