Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Celebrating the Life & Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Schedule of Events for 2017

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Awards 2017             

Monday, January 16

4:30-6:30 pm

Cohon University Center, Rangos Ballroom

Local high school students and Carnegie Mellon students will read personal narratives dealing with individual experiences with racial difference and discrimination.  The students are recipients of writing awards sponsored by the Carnegie Mellon Creative Writing Program, Student Affairs and Office of the President.

MLK Writing Awards Winners for 2017: 



MLK Day of Service

Saturday, January 21

Join PACE on Saturday, January 21st for the annual MLK Day of Service. Volunteers will engage in projects throughout the city over the course of the day with the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and First Trinity Lutheran Ministries Monthly Mercies. To learn more and sign up visit the Bridge. Please email PACE with any questions.


CMU Civic Engagement

Travels to Women’s March on Washington 

Saturday, January 21


SPIRIT SOUL Session and MLK Spoken Word

MLK Spoken Word Late Night

Saturday, January 21

8:00 pm Doors open, event begins at 8:30pm

Studio Auditorium, Cohon University Center

As a late night event for the January Celebration of Diversity Weekend, this showcase will feature spoken word and musical artists from our campus and surrounding Pittsburgh community. This event is sponsored by the SPIRIT, Office of Admissions, and Student Affairs.



An Artistic Forum Showcasing Intersectionality

Frame Gallery located at the corner of Margaret Morrison Street & Forbes Avenue

January 27-February 19

“POWER & SOUL” is an art show spanning all mediums and disciplines aiming to find a space in Carnegie Mellon and the Greater Pittsburgh Area for young creatives to continue to combat social inequalities.  It will feature an art installation.

Opening Night Reception:      Friday, January 27 from 6-8 pm

A series of Talk Backs with Artists will also be featured during the month of February.


CMU Children’s School Honors Dr. MLK

Friday, January 27

10:30 am

Kirr Common, Cohon University Center

The campus community is invited to join the Children’s School as they honor the life and legacy of MLK through a “Sing-A-Long” experience.   

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”  --MLK


Multicultural Formal 2017

Friday, January 27

Cohon University Center, Rangos

8 pm

Sponsored by Colors @ CMU


Keynote Lecture

"Toward the Beloved Community"

John S. Wilson

Dr. John Silvanus Wilson Jr.

President of Morehouse College

Tuesday, January 31

4:30 pm, McConomy Auditorium


Write to Your Representative-Women’s March Action 1 @ CMU

Wednesday, February 1


Wright Room, Cohon University Center

Write a postcard to your Senators/Representatives about what matters most to you - and how you’re going to continue to fight for it in the days, weeks and months ahead.

The Women’s March on Washington was Saturday, January 21, 2017 and this is the first action to make it not a moment but a movement.  We will provide postcards and you are welcome to come and go.

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/242174062901014/




Sunday, February 19

2 pm

We warmly invite all of the Pittsburgh community to join us for an afternoon of Yoga and Social Justice discussions. Come ready to move, breathe, and engage with yourself and others, as we become more aware of being in our bodies and discuss how we can impact our society to become more equitable, individually and institutionally. All ability levels are welcome to our FREE event.


The Inclusive University

A Deliberative Forum


Sunday, February 26

Rangos Ballroom, University Center

Noon – 2:30

Join us for a conversation about how we see ourselves and each other through multiple perspectives during the course of our daily lives on campus. Help us see and understand the challenges you face and how the resources that our campus provides can help you address some of these challenges. This is an inclusive, global discussion encompassing the richness and vitality of our entire campus. 

Hosted by the Program for Deliberative Democracy and the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs.

Please register at http://bit.ly/inclusive-u


University Lecture Series

The Future of Civil Discourse

Alexander Heffner, Host of Open Mind on PBS

Monday, February 27

Porter Hall 100 Auditorium


This lecture will navigate three areas of interest across civic life: (1) the Millennial citizen (2) the space of old and new media, and (3) the character of our political discourse.  From the formation of broadcasting to the emergence of social media, I will consider a blueprint for "civic press.”  We’ll grapple with questions for the new (45th) U.S. president and think about fresh ways young people can frame public policy, while reflecting on the 2016 campaign and how to improve the political process.

Alexander Heffner is the host of The Open Mind on PBS. He has covered American politics, civic life and Millennials since the 2008 presidential campaign. His work has been profiled in VarietyMediumLos Angeles TimesThe Washington PostThe Christian Science MonitorThe Philadelphia Inquirer, and on NBC NewsC-SPANNY1HuffPost Live and BBC, among other media outlets. His essays, reviews and op-eds have appeared in ReutersRealClearPoliticsThe New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalThe Boston Globe, and The Root, among other publications.


Book Reading with Lunch or Dinner Discussions 


“Hillbilly Elegy:  A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” by J. D. Vance

February 20, 2017 at 12 noon in CUC Danforth Conference

February 28, 2017 at 4:30 pm in CUC Danforth Conference


“Racism without Racists:  Color Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America” by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

February 23, 2017 at 12:30 pm in CUC Danforth Conference

March 8, 2017 at 4:30 pm in CUC Danforth Conference

Beginning on Tuesday, January 17 a limited number of copies of each book will be made available for campus community members to read and commit to participate in a featured lunch or dinner dialogue.

Please sign up here for a book reading discussion and to receive a book.



All events are free and open to members of both the Carnegie Mellon and Pittsburgh communities unless otherwise specified.

For more information, please call the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs at 412.268.2075.

MLK Day is just one of the many ways we celebrate the rich diversity of our community. Visit the Diversity & Inclusion website to learn more about our commitment to this core mission and to find other activities happening on campus.