Each year on the third Monday in January, Michigan State University faculty, students, and staff join with members of the Lansing community to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

While reflecting on Dr. King's message of civil rights and social justice for all through nonviolent means, the greater MSU community comes together to plan events being held around campus and in the neighboring community . Every year there is a strong representation of MSU student leaders on the planning committee that help shape this annual celebration. These students come from the ranks of the general student body and from established student groups and understand the importance of celebrating the life and carrying on the work of Dr. King.  They understand the work they do on the committee on behalf of the greater MSU community contributes to the direct advancement of  Diversity and Inclusion and the enhancement of the  inclusive nature of the climate all across our community.

Without the vision and strength of these student, staff, faculty, and community leaders this annual commemorative celebration would not be possible. The Office for Inclusion would like to thank the planning committee and especially the student leaders for all of their hard work to make each year better than the last.

Not all event registration links open at the same time so please check back for more information regularly. MLK questions can be directed to: or  or 517-353-4563 

Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister and social activist, who led the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the mid-1950s until his death by assassination in 1968. Through his activism, he played a pivotal role in ending the legal segregation of African-American citizens in the South and other areas of the nation, as well as the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Read more on the King Center website.