Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

A Celebration to Honor the Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Virtual Program
Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022 
5:30 p.m.

Dawn Porter


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Award-winning documentary filmmaker Dawn Porter will serve as keynote speaker for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at Kent State University. Porter’s work has appeared  on HBO, PBS, Discovery and Netflix, among others. She currently serves as a director and executive producer of an Apple TV documentary series with Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry, which focuses on both mental illness and mental well-being.

Porter directed and produced the acclaimed four-hour Netflix original series “Bobby Kennedy for President,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2018. She is a two-time Sundance Film Festival director, and her film “Trapped” won the Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking at Sundance in 2016, in addition to winning a Peabody and numerous other awards.  

The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will take place on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. Due to the current surge of COVID cases in Northeast Ohio, the program will be virtual. 



Commemorative Event Calendar

The Kent State University Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Events Planning Committee is welcoming university divisions, departments and student organizations to submit programming, activities and events (scheduled Jan. 24 - 28, 2022) to the University Events Calendar. Be sure to select signature program and select MLK.

We encourage that programming follows Kent State’s Events and Activities Guidelines and avoids January 27, as this will be the date of the university’s Annual Keynote Celebration. 

Please contact Shana Lee ( and/or Katie Mattise ( regarding any questions.  


For more information, call 330-672-8563, e-mail or tweet/follow us @DEIKentState. Tag your posts using #KentStateMLK