Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

The Celebration

Tributes and recognition of Dr. King and the achievements of the civil rights movement have been celebrated at ASU since long before the creation of a state holiday in Arizona. A highlight of the celebration is the recognition and awards ceremony for the Arizona K-12 students who are winners of the statewide essay-poster contest. A children’s march on the West campus and other events are also held.


MLK March on West

The 30th Annual MLK March on West – held online in 2021.
A tradition at Arizona State University’s West campus that dates back to 1991, reaching middle school students, members of the ASU community and the public to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and to understand the history-changing 1963 March on Washington. This year, educational presentations about the history of the civil rights movement, the musical program and an inspirational rendition of the “I Have a Dream” speech by ASU faculty member Charles St. Clair were held online to reach an even wider audience.

January 2022 (TBD)
ASU West Campus

MLK Day of Service

Join ASU MLK Celebration Committee and Changemaker Central for a powerful day of service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Transportation (to/from service site) and lunch provided. Dates and times vary by campus. Please visit for more information.

January 2022 (TBD)
Service sites and times vary by location

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Offices and classrooms on all ASU campuses are closed to observe the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Monday January 17, 2022

Systemic Racism: Defining Terms and Evaluating Evidence

Part of the series “Can We Talk Honestly About Race?”

What do we mean when we use the term “systemic racism?” Join us for a conversation about systemic racism with Lara Bazelon, professor of law and the director of the Criminal Juvenile Justice and Racial Justice Clinical Programs at the University of San Francisco School of Law, and Jason Riley, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and Wall Street Journal opinion columnist.

Tuesday January 18, 2022 5:00 p.m.
ASU Memorial Union 220

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast celebration

For community members, students, winners of the poster-essay contest and their parents, teachers and principals. By invitation. Information: (480) 965-2777.

Thursday January 20, 2022 7:00am - 9:00am
ASU Tempe Campus