MLK Celebration Events

January 13, 2016

MLK Lecture: Unclaimed Legacy: Who Will Lead the Next Social Movement?

  • Guest Speaker, Jeff Johnson        
  • 3:00 p.m.
  • Student Center Ballroom

Guest Speaker Jeff Johnson challenges a group of students, faculty, staff, and community members to celebrate the real legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., while considering their own. During this lecture, Johnson will ask the audience to take a bit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and speak the truth, enter nontraditional partnerships, maybe become a little uncomfortable. “Ask yourself, ‘What will I leave on this earth?’” A D.C.-based, award-winning journalist, social activist, and political commentator, Johnson has spent the last decade merging the worlds of politics and popular culture.

January 14, 2016

CAMPUS-WIDE STUDENT CELEBRATION: Coming Together to Fulfill the Dream

  • 7:00 p.m.
  • Student Center Ballroom

Student speeches, cultural performance, and candle lighting ceremony. Reception to follow.

For more information, please contact Kierra Johnson at

January 14-17, 2016

Focus Program

  • Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center

Focus is one of the nation’s premier programs for raising awareness of graduate education. It is designed to attract the brightest underrepresented minority students and encourage them to pursue graduate degrees at Georgia Tech.

For more information, contact Andre Dickens at

January 15-16, 2016

Arts@Tech presents Roger Guenveur Smith: Rodney King

  • 8:00 p.m. (each night)
  • Ferst Center for the Arts

History, poetry, and tragedy collide when Roger Guenveur Smith tackles the thorny odyssey of Rodney King from the harsh initial glare of the national spotlight as the victim of police brutality to the controversial trial verdict, the L.A. riots, and his lonely death at the bottom of a swimming pool. In this riveting, improvised performance, Smith captures the story of a flawed, good-hearted everyman, and by extension reveals America’s endlessly complicated relationship with its racial past and present. Smith's acting credits include the films Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, Summer of Sam, and American Gangster, and the HBO series K Street and Oz. Students may reserve a free ticket by stopping by the Ferst Center Box Office. Limited quantities are available.

For more information, contact the Office of the Arts, Mathew Igyarto, 404-894-9600,

Discounts available for Georgia Tech students, staff, and faculty.

January 18, 2016

National MLK Holiday Observance

A Day of Service: Make a Difference in Your Community with “A Day On, Not a Day Off”

  • 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Student Center Ballroom

Join us for Georgia Tech’s sixth annual MLK Day of Service, a campus-wide initiative honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Participants will serve in teams and engage in service projects with Metro Atlanta community partners.

To register and learn more, visit

Contact Gia Rimi at for more information.

January 18, 2016

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Commemorative Service

  • 10:00 a.m.
  • Ebenezer Baptist Church

Sponsored by The King Center, this annual church service is an ecumenical endeavor, engaging members of various religious traditions and state, national, and international governments. This year, 20 spaces will be available to the Georgia Tech community through the MLK Day of Service program. Please visit for more information and to register. If you are not able to register through Georgia Tech, the event is open to the public.

January 21, 2016

MLK “Sunday” Supper: A Community Meal and Conversation

  • 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Bill Moore Student Success Center, President’s Suite

The Sunday Supper invites the Georgia Tech community to come together over a meal and to engage in meaningful dialogue about the 2016 MLK Celebration events, Dr. King's legacy, and the courage to lead.  

To register and learn more, visit There are 100 spaces available.

Contact Sirocus Barnes at for more information.

January 27, 2016

The Art of Civil Disobedience

  • 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Student Success Center, Press Room A

Students will learn how to express their desire for social justice through the arts (e.g., poetry, song, chant, paintings, signs, buttons, etc.) After hearing from artists, Rica G and Barry Johnson-Smith, students will have the opportunity to create their own work to make an impact for their cause.

For more information, contact Barry Johnson-Smith at

January 28, 2016

Courage to Lead: Student Panel

  • 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Student Success Center, Press Room B

Students will be motivated to advance social justice by engaging a panel of student leaders who have taken a leadership role in advocating for causes that are dear to them. In addition, students who are already leading student organizations can gain advice from the panelists to better lead their organizations.

For more information, contact Barry Johnson-Smith at

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