MLK Week

“The time is always right to do what is right.”

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

Join the University of Washington community as we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy; honor the work of generations of everyday activists; and rededicate ourselves to creating a just and equitable future for all.

There are many ways to get involved. You can roll up your sleeves and serve, be inspired by performances, learn about race and democracy, bear witness to artifacts of injustice and justice, and more. Learn about all MLK Week events here.

Signature events

Martin Luther King, Jr. waving to a crowd in Washington, DC

MLK Birthday Party

Drop by to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. We’ll have birthday cake, celebratory music, #UWMLKWEEK swag and more.

Thursday, January 11
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Mary Gates Hall, suite 171
4-7 p.m., Ethnic Cultural Center

two people gardening

MLK Day of Service

This MLK Day, join nearly 3,000 volunteers in helping organizations that support our county’s most vulnerable. Organized by United Way of King County.

Monday, January 15
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Various locations

people looking at artifacts laid out on a table

Mobile Black History Museum: ’68

Featuring more than 150 original artifacts from the year King was assassinated, including a document signed by him, materials from the day’s top musicians, civil rights leaders and more.

Tuesday, January 16
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Mary Gates Hall Commons

Jorge Baron

Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute

Jorge Baron of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project will speak at this tribute to Dr. King and community service.

Thursday, January 18
11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Warren G. Magnuson Health Sciences Center

man standing on one hand with both legs in the air

Still Dreaming: A Hip Hop Student Association Showcase

Themes of justice and struggle are explored through dance, spoken word and rap.

Thursday, January 18
7 p.m.
Ethnic Cultural Center

a singer and a bassist in a jazz band performing on stage

And, there are more events!

View the full line-up here.


Please note that the January RETRO event scheduled for Monday, January 8 has been canceled. We’re sorry for any inconvenience and hope you join RETRO at their next open mic on February 5, 2018.