Syracuse University Welcomes Ruby Bridges for the 2021 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Join us to honor the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Syracuse University’s 36th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. The event, which is the largest of its kind on a college campus, will take place online on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021 at 7 p.m. ET. Registration is free and open to all. 

Ruby Bridges, one of the first African American students to attend an all-white elementary school in the South, will serve as the keynote speaker. Bridges will reflect on Dr. King’s work, as well as the impact of education in sparking and sustaining social change. 

All are invited to join us for a special virtual event series leading up to the 2021 MLK Celebration! Pledge to serve your community, cook the traditional MLK Celebration dinner at home, get inspired by basketball legend Maya Moore, and celebrate women poets in commemoration of the cultural, social and artistic impact of the civil rights movement.

Syracuse University’s MLK Celebration began before Congress acted to recognize Dr. King with a federal holiday honoring his memory and accomplishments. The event includes student and community performances, as well as presentation of the Unsung Hero Awards, which recognize local community members who have championed the plight of those in need.

Register today for the  36th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

1965 Recording of Dr. King at SU

In July 1965 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. visited the campus of Syracuse University and spoke at Sims Hall. He was introduced by his longtime friend and Syracuse faculty member Dr. Charles Willie. This recording of his speech comes from the Syracuse University Archives.