2024 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration

CommUNITY: Together We Thrive

Speakers, performers and honorees, including keynote speaker Dorothy Yancy, took part in Clemson's 2021 MLK Commemoration Service held at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts.
Speakers, performers and honorees took part in Clemson's 2021
MLK Commemoration Service held at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts.

2024 MLK Day Events

We invite students, faculty, staff and community members to participate in the programs listed for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration at Clemson University. We offer a variety of opportunities to learn, serve and engage with activities to help us remember the importance of King’s teachings about respecting human rights, understanding social justice and doing what’s right.

Saturday, 1.13.24 | Multicultural Student Leader Roundtable
9:30am – 3:00pm
Barnes Center

MLK once stated, "A true leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus." An important part of leadership involves knowing how to gather members of the team by pulling them towards a common goal, all while keeping in mind that each member also has their own set of goals. Join student leaders from across campus for a day of leadership building focused on better our Clemson community, together. RSVP is required. Lunch and snacks will be provided. RSVP here: https://bit.ly/2024StudentLeadRetreat 

Monday, 1.15.24 | Day of Service
8:30am – 1:00pm
Hendrix Student Center Ballrooms

The MLK Day of Service is intended to be a day “on” to celebrate MLK’s legacy and support his belief in the creation of a beloved community. Participants will serve with six community partners in Clemson, Central. Pendleton, and Anderson. Breakfast and transportation will be provided. Transportation will be provided to and from the service sites. Breakfast provided. Registration required.To sign-up to volunteer fill out the MLK Day of Service 2024 - Volunteer Sign-Up Form. Spots are limited so be sure to sign up soon!

Tuesday, 1.16.24 | 42nd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Keynote Program
Brooks Center for the Performing Arts
Speaker: Bakari Sellers

The Commemorative event will include Keynote speaker, Bakari Sellers.  MLK Excellence in Service awards will also be awarded. Event is open to the public. Two-time NY Times best-selling Author, Civil Rights Activist, Attorney, Entrepreneur, Legislator, and overall Prolific voice of the Culture, Bakari Sellers continues to build upon the strong legacy he inherited as the son of Gwendolyn Sellers and civil rights leader Cleveland Sellers. While his dad helped shape movements working alongside Stokely Carmichael, Bayard Rustin, and Malcolm X, Bakari has come into his own helping to write the blueprint for today's movements with the likes of Rep. James Clyburn, Attorney Benjamin Crump, and President Barack Obama. Event is open to the public. 

Wednesday, 1.17.24 | Table for Eight: Interfaith Community Dinner
Barnes Center

Following Gandhi was King's first step on a long journey of learning about the shared values across various worldviews, and partnering with faith leaders of all backgrounds in the struggle for civil rights.Celebrate the interfaith and coalition-building legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through community. Table for Eight will feature dinner and facilitated discussions. RSVP is required. RSVP here: https://bit.ly/2024TableForEight


Past MLK Day Events

MLK Celebration History

2022 Celebration featuring Dr. Marc Lamont Hill

For current updates and guidance related to COVID-19 protocols at Clemson University, visit clemson.edu/covid-19.