Celebrate the Life and Work of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Humboldt State University’s Spring Semester will begin with a week celebrating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The calendar of events—coordinated by HSU’s African American Center for Academic Excellence (AACAE) in collaboration with various campus groups—includes presentations, discussions, and service opportunities.


January 16, 2017 – 10 a.m.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Day of Service
Dr. King said, “everyone can be great because everyone can serve.” Join us as we come together for a coordinated service activity in the local community. Visit the HSU MLKWeek2017 event page on Facebook for more information, go to facebook.com/HSUMLKWeek2017.

January 17, 2017 – 12 p.m.
Dream Speech Listening Session
Location: Goodwin Forum
Join us as we gather to view Dr. King’s classic speech from the 1963 march on Washington. Discussion to follow.

January 18, 2017 – 12 p.m.
MLK Birthday Party
Location: AACAENHE 206
Join the AACAE for cake and punch as we celebrate Dr. King’s life and continuing legacy. Learn the cultural significance of the Birthday Song.

January 19, 2017 – 5 p.m.
The “Drum Major” Effect
Location: Goodwin Forum (NHE 102)
A reflection on Dr. King’s Drum Major for Justice address that many hail as the speech that sparked their passion for social justice. Join us as we review, discuss and reflect on our own commitment to peace and justice. For more information visit the HSU MLKWeek2017 Facebook page..

January 20, 2017 – 12 p.m.
Day of Solidarity
Various Locations
Participate in a variety of programs designed to bring the HSU community together to heal, express, and plan for the future. Visit the HSU MLKWeek2017 event page on Facebook for more information.

January 23, 2017 – 6 p.m.
MLK Oratorical/Spoken Word Contest
Location: Kate Buchanan Room
Dr. King was known as an exceptional orator/public speaker. Join us as we showcase the oratorical and spoken word talents of HSU students. A $200 prize will be awarded to finalists. Interested contestants should visit the HSU MLKWeek2017 event page on Facebook for more information about contest guidelines. Open auditions will be held on Friday, January 20 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Klamath Room (second floor of the J).

For more information, contact the African American Center for Academic Excellence at aacae@humboldt.edu.