Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration: The Annual Celebration
The Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration is an annual celebration honoring the legacy of Dr. King and the impact he has made on those who carry the torch for humanity. Washington University in St. Louis has hosted this event for over 20 years through an alliance of dedicated faculty, staff and students representing various departments, offices and organizations, in an effort to keep the dream alive.
|2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration in Graham Chapel|
The annual celebration is open to everyone.
- Join the MLK Commemoration Committee.
- Nominate someone for the Rosa L. Parks Award.
- Nominate a faculty speaker for the MLK Commemoration Celebration.
- Nominate a WUSTL student organization to receive the MLK Commemoration Grant.
To get involved, contact Harvey R. Fields Jr., (314) 935-5965.
Highlights of the Commemoration
- Keynote speaker address
- Presentation of the Rosa L. Parks Award
- Remarks from Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton
- Presentations by student speakers
Graham Chapel, the site for the celebration, creates an appropriate ambiance with its great acoustics, beautiful stained windows and cathedral architecture. Historically, the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration has featured dramatizations, dance, music, literary work, keynote speakers, testimonies and multimedia presentations.
Past Faculty Keynote Speakers:
Attorney Margaret Bush Wilson (2006)
Professor John Baugh (2008)
Professor Camille Nelson (2009)
Professor Bob Hansman (2010)
Professor Shanti Parikh & Judge Jimmie Edwards (2011)
Chancellor Emeritus William Danforth (2012)
Professor and Vice Provost Adrienne Davis
MLK Commemoration Committee
The Martin Luther King Jr Commemoration Committee and Subcommittees organizes and plans the logistics for the program activities of the MLK Commemoration celebration.
WUSTL faculty and staff are welcome to join the committee! To get involved, contact Harvey R. Fields Jr., (314) 935-5965.
Committee and Subcommittee Leadership – 2012/2013
Harvey R. Fields Jr.
The Rosa L. Parks Award is given to persons and/or organizations that exemplify the valor of both Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa L. Parks.
Past Rosa L. Parks Award Recipients:
Margaret Bush Wilson (inaugural recipient, 2006)
Dean James McLeod and Chancellor Emeritus William Danforth (2007)
Malik & DeBorah Ahmed and Better Family Life
Dean Adrienne Glore (retired) and Judy Bentley of CHIPS (2009)
Professor Bob Hansman and his son Jovan Hansman for City Faces (2010)
Professor Shanti Parikh and Judge Jimmie Edwards (2011)
Ron Himes (2012)
Melvin White, Beloved Streets of America (2013)
MLK Commemoration Grant
The MLK Commemoration Grant is offered by the Martin Luther King Commemoration Committee to Washington University student organizations that meet specific criteria.