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Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

The commemoration of the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. at the Georgia Institute of Technology encompasses an ambitious slate of events organized by faculty, staff, and students. Our 2023 MLK celebrations will include various virtual and in-person educational programs and service opportunities to encourage active participation from the campus and nearby community.

As an academic institution dedicated to advancing a culture of inclusive excellence, we reflect upon the contributions of Martin Luther King Jr. during our annual celebration. We recognize the ongoing global struggle for social justice, social courage, and the need for sustainable social change. We are pleased to honor King's legacy as we set the agenda for the next civil rights movement.

2023 MLK Celebration Events

January 9-10, 2023

Nonviolence365 Training


Thursday, January 12, 2023

12th annual MLK Lecture featuring Eddie Glaude Jr.
3 p.m.
Exhibition Hall

As part of Georgia Tech’s 2023 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, the 12th Annual MLK Lecture featuring Eddie Glaude Jr. will be held on January 12 at 3 p.m. in Exhibition Hall Midtown.

Register at 

January 12-13, 2023

Beloved Community Global Summit/Youth Summit


January 12-15, 2023

Georgia Tech 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, traditionally underrepresented minority students.


January 13, 2023


The King Center’s Teach-In seeks to educate K-12 students about Dr. and Mrs. King’s legacy and champion their unfinished work of creating the Beloved Community. The King Center has educators, trainers, lesson plans, and other resources for facilitating Teach-In discussions, in keeping with the theme, "It Starts With Me: Cultivating A Beloved Community Mindset to Transform Unjust Systems".


January 14, 2023

Beloved Community Awards

One of the highest honors given by the King Center for Nonviolent Change, the Beloved Community 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.


January 16, 2023

MLK Day of Service
7 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

During Georgia Tech’s 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.

Contact: Jayde Nelson at

January 16, 2023

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. 


January 16, 2023

MLK “Sunday” Supper: A Community Meal and Conversation
5:30 p.m.
John Lewis Student Center
Cypress Theater

The Georgia Tech community is invited to come together over a meal to discuss the 2023 MLK celebration events, King’s legacy, and more. 

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

Contact Sirocus Barnes at or Rayne Bozeman at

January 19, 2023

13th Annual MLK Student Celebration
Ferst Center for the Arts
7 p.m.

This celebration will feature student speeches, cultural performances, and special tributes by student organizations. Reception to follow.

Contact Stephanie Ray at 

January 29, 2023

A Holocaust Child Survivor's Story: Robert Ratonyi
Exhibition Hall

Robert Ratonyi was born in Budapest, Hungary. In November 1940, Hungary joined Nazi Germany in the Axis alliance. In March 1944, German forces occupied Hungary. Life for Robert and his family changed dramatically in October 1944 when the fascist Arrow Cross party orchestrated a coup and took control of the Hungarian government. Robert was just 6 years old when his parents were taken in a round-up of Jews. Sponsored by Student Diversity Programs.

Contact Stephanie Ray at

Please let the designated event sponsor know if you need reasonable accommodation to participate. TDD 404.894.1664

eddie glaude posing in front of wooden door


Annual MLK Lecture

As part of Georgia Tech’s 2023 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, the 12th Annual MLK Lecture will be held on January 12, featuring Eddie Glaude Jr., Ph.D., James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and chair of the department of African American Studies at Princeton University.

Learn More about Eddie Glaude Jr.

The King Center

Download the MLK Celebration Calendar