Blue-tinted photo of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaking. Text overlaid: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter." Held in Graham Chapel

The 33rd Annual Washington University in St. Louis Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration

Monday, January 20, 2020
7–8:30 p.m., Graham Chapel
Washington University Danforth Campus

Sign language interpretation will be provided

“The time is always right to do what is right.”

The Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration is an annual celebration honoring the legacy of Dr. King and the impact he has made on those who carry the torch for humanity. It represents an alliance of dedicated faculty, staff and students united to realize Dr. King’s vision of hope, freedom for all and social justice. The theme of the 2020 commemoration is taken from a quote of Dr. King, “The time is always right to do what is right.” The keynote speaker is Washington University Chancellor Andrew D. Martin. Marion Crain, professor of law and interim provost, will provide remarks. The commemoration will also include two Washington University student choirs, the Washington University Chamber Choir and Visions Gospel Choir, and a performance by Black Anthology, the university’s oldest cultural production.

Two awards will be presented: the “Rosa L. Parks Memorial Award for Meritorious Service to the Community” and the “Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Service Award.” A reception in Danforth University Center will follow the Commemoration. The event is free and open to the public.

Program Co-Hosts: Nya Hardaway, Washington University Association of Black Students, president
Tyrin Truong, Washington University Student Union president

The commemoration is organized by the 2019-20 Washington University Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Committee.