University of Wisconsin–Madison

UW-Madison to Host Martin Luther King Day Celebration on January 22

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UW-Madison students, faculty and staff are invited to the 2018 UW-Madison MLK Day Celebration on Monday, Jan. 22 from 3 to 8 p.m. in Memorial Union.

The event will recognize, celebrate, and honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as well as the many ways UW-Madison students, faculty and staff embody Dr. King’s spirit of service.

“MLK is a great time for us, as an institution and in our communities, to reflect on where and how we make social change,” said Gabe Javier, Director of the Multicultural Student Center. “I hope that participants discover new ideas or new ways of thinking about how to have dialogue across cultural divides.”

With this being UW-Madison’s second year celebrating King’s legacy, it is an opportunity for participants to expand on last year’s celebration which featured student speakers, conversations on diversity and service, a social justice art project by Wheelhouse Studios and a food drive to support The Open Seat Food Pantry.

This year’s celebration will have participants register for specific breakouts either doing direct service or being engaged in a justice dialogue, a free dinner, and a keynote student panel. Participants can register on the MLK Day Celebration website.

“With a packed event last year, and this being our [UW-Madison’s] second go round, I am super excited about all the opportunities for our campus community to celebrate King’s legacy,” said Karla Foster, Program Coordinator of the Black Cultural Center.  “Our committee worked tirelessly to ensure this MLK Day celebration had a strong social justice lens and student-centered approach.”

UW-Madison MLK Day 2018
UW-Madison MLK Day 2018

The event will begin with participants leaving from Memorial Union to participate in a direct service volunteer opportunity hosted by Second Harvest Food Bank and Reach-A-Child from 3 to 6 p.m. A concurrent justice dialogue will occur from 4 to 6 p.m. All participants will then come together for dinner after the end of both breakouts.

And to cap off the celebration, there will be a keynote student panel. The panel will include one student representative talking about Economic Justice, Racial Justice, Queer & Trans Justice, Food Justice, and DACA.

“This celebration really is the result of a collaborative vision created by folks from the Multicultural Student Center, the Black Cultural Center, Center for the First-Year Experience and most importantly, student leaders,” said Megan Miller, Morgridge Center for Public Service Assistant Director of Civic Engagement. “I’m most excited about attending the student keynote panel during dinner.”

The UW-Madison MLK Day Celebration is made possible with the generous support of the Office of the Provost, the Division of Student Life, the School of Education, and the Morgridge Center for Public Service.


The UW-Madison MLK Day Celebration honors the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as well as the many ways UW-Madison students, faculty and staff embody Dr. King’s spirit of service

The 2018 celebration will feature direct volunteer service opportunities, concurrent justice dialogue sessions, a MLK art project by Wheelhouse Studios, and a free dinner accompanied by a student keynote panel.

Please be sure to support The Open Seat Food Pantry food drive by bringing a non-parishable, hygienic, or monetary donation.

When registering, please click the box in front of each portion you will be attending and uncheck those that you will not be attending.

2018 MLK Day Celebration:
Building on the Dream: Defining Character through Service and Justice
Monday, Jan. 22, 2018
Memorial Union
3:00 – 6:00 pm / Direct Service Volunteering (Various Sites)
4:30 – 6:00 pm / Social Justice Dialogues (Memorial Union)
6:00 – 8:00pm / Keynote Student Panel (Memorial Union, Great Hall)

Register to participate in the Direct Service Volunteering or Social Justice Dialogue, Dinner, and Keynote Student Panel.

The UW-Madison MLK Day Celebration is a collaboration between the Morgridge Center for Public Service, the Center for the First-Year Experience, the Multicultural Student Center and Pathways Student Academic Services.

Funding for the celebration is generously provided by the Office of the Dean of Students, the Office of the Provost and the School of Education, Wisconsin Union Directorate – Society and Politics.