Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

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

Kent Student Center Ballroom 
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023
5:30 p.m.

Bernice King

The annual MLK celebration was held on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023, at 5:30 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Ballroom. 

Watch the MLK Celebration

Kent State University welcomes Dr. Bernice A. King as the program keynote. Dr. King is a global thought leader, strategist, solutionist, orator, peace advocate, and CEO of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center For Nonviolent Social Change (The King Center), which was founded by her mother as the official living memorial to the life, work, and legacy of her father. In this position, Bernice continues to advance her parents’ legacy of nonviolent social change through policy, advocacy, research, as well as education & training through the Kingian philosophy of nonviolence, which she re-branded Nonviolence365™️ (NV365).

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. 30 – February 3, 2023) to the University Events Calendar. Be sure to select signature program and then select MLK.

We encourage that programming follows Kent State’s Events and Activities Guidelines and avoids February 2, as this will be the date of the university’s Annual Keynote Celebration. If you need assistance in starting to plan your program, please read through this short program planning guide.


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


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