The 31st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration, honoring the legacy of Dr. King and the impact he has made on those who carry the torch for humanity will take place on Monday, January 15, 2018, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, in Graham Chapel, on the Washington University Danforth Campus. A reception will follow in the Danforth University Center (DUC), Tisch Commons. Free Parking will be available in the DUC Underground Garage. The event is free and open to the public.

The annual celebration is open to everyone.

Get involved!

  • Join the MLK Commemoration Committee.
  • Nominate someone for the Rosa L. Parks Award.
  • Nominate a faculty speaker for the MLK Commemoration Celebration.
  • Nominate a WUSTL student organization to receive the MLK Commemoration Grant.

To get involved, contact Rudolph Clay, (314) 935-5059.

Highlights of the Commemoration

  • Keynote speaker address
  • Presentation of the Rosa L. Parks Award
  • Remarks from Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton
  • Presentations by student speakers

Graham Chapel, the site for the celebration, creates an appropriate ambiance with its great acoustics, beautiful stained windows and cathedral architecture. Historically, the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration has featured dramatizations, dance, music, literary work, keynote speakers, testimonies and multimedia presentations.

Past Keynote Speakers:
Attorney Margaret Bush Wilson (2006)
Professor John Baugh (2008)
Professor Camille Nelson (2009)
Professor Bob Hansman (2010)
Professor Shanti Parikh & Judge Jimmie Edwards (2011)
Chancellor Emeritus William Danforth (2012)
Professor and Vice Provost Adrienne Davis (2013)
Dr. Lerone Martin (2014)
Professor Kimberly Jade Norwood (2015)
Dr. Jason Purnell (2016)
Rev. Traci D. Blackmon (2017)

Rosa L. Parks Award

The Rosa L. Parks Award is given to persons and/or organizations that exemplify the valor of both Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa L. Parks.

Past Rosa L. Parks Award Recipients:
Margaret Bush Wilson (inaugural recipient, 2006)
Dean James McLeod and Chancellor Emeritus William Danforth (2007)
Malik & DeBorah Ahmed and Better Family Life
Dean Adrienne Glore (retired) and Judy Bentley of CHIPS (2009)
Professor Bob Hansman and his son Jovan Hansman for City Faces (2010)
Professor Shanti Parikh and Judge Jimmie Edwards (2011)
Ron Himes (2012)
Melvin White, Beloved Streets of America (2013)
Jamala Rogers (2014)
Norman R. Seay (2015)
Sylvester Brown Jr., Sweet Potato Project (2016)
Leah Merrifield, Associate Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement (2017)

The Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Service Award

Kiland Sampa (2016)
Mya Petty (2017)