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Blue image with a silhouette of Martin Luther King Jr. raising an arm. Words surround him that say, "One nation, One people, One Dream".

MLK Program

2019 MLK Celebration

"One Nation, One People, One Dream"

Dick DeMarsico, World Telegram staff photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Program was established in January of 1997 at Belmont University as a celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Events are held each January as part of the observance of Dr. King's birthday. Each of these events are open to the Belmont community and to the public and all are welcome and invited to attend.Events each year include a candlelight vigil in commemoration of the Civil Rights Movement, a chapel service, and a campus dialogue on diversity, race and ethnicity.

    Friday, January 18

  • MLK Celebration Breakfast Featuring Bishop Vashti McKenzie
    01-18-2019 | 7:30AM - 8:30AM | Janet Ayers Academic Center, 4th Floor Conference Room

    Doors Open at 7:00AM

    $15 for general public, faculty and staff 

    Belmont students are free with BU ID

  • Convocation with Bishop Vashti McKenzie
    01-18-2019 | 10:00AM - 10:50AM | Massey Performing Arts Center

    How this generation can continue Dr. King's Legacy

    Learn more about Bishop Vashti McKenzie

    GCLDP Convocation Credit

    Saturday, January 19th

  • MLK Jr. Day of Service
    01-19-2019 | 11:00AM - 4:00PM | Tennessee State University

    Monday, January 21st

  • Candlelight Vigil
    01-21-2019 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM | Gabhart Student Center A&B

    Tuesday, January 22nd

  • Faculty Day
    01-22-2019 | 11:00AM - 1:30PM | Massey Boardroom (4th Floor Massey Business Center)

    "A Native American Perspective on Inclusion for Our Classrooms"
    Guest Presenters: Siouxsan and Charles Robinson

    *This is an event you must register for. For additional information please contact the Teaching Center

    Wednesday, January 23rd

  • Convocation with Ronald L. Jones
    01-23-2019 | 10:00AM - 10:50AM | Gabhart Student Center A&B

    How student leadership can not only sustain but also nurture Dr. King’s legacy and move us all closer to his dream

    Learn more about Ronald L. Jones

    WSL Convocation Credit

  • Convocation with Dr. Rohini Anand, SVP Corporate Responsibility and Global Chief Diversity Officer Sodexo
    01-23-2019 | 10:00AM - 10:50PM | Janet Ayers Academic Center 4th floor

    Food for thought: Diversity is just good business

    WSL Convocation Credit

  • MLK Worship Service with the BSA
    01-23-2019 | 6:00PM - 8:00PM | Janet Ayers Academic Center, Chapel

    Thursday, January 24

  • Real Talk with Faculty & Staff
    01-24-2019 | 11:00AM - 1:00PM | Inman Health Science Building, Frist Lecture Hall
  • Triumph, the Untold Story of Perry Wallace
    01-24-2019 | 6:00PM | R. Milton & Denise Johnson Center, Large Theater

    Friday, January 25th

  • Chapel with Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil
    01-25-2019 | 10:00AM - 10:50AM | Janet Ayers Academic Center, Chapel


  • Real Talk with Students
    01-28-2019 | 5:00PM - 7:00PM | Johnson Center, Classroom 131
  • Real Talk with Students
    01-29-2019 | 5:00PM - 7:00PM | Johnson Center, Classroom 131
  • Real Talk with Students
    01-30-2019 | 5:00PM - 7:00PM | Johnson Center, Classroom 131

MLK Celebration Sponsors: MLK Celebration Committee, Bridges to Belmont, Office of Multicultural Learning & Experience, Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Spiritual Development, Office of the University Counsel, University Ministries, Teaching Center, Welcome Home Diversity Council, Division of Student Affairs, Office of Service Learning, Black Student Association, HOPE Council.