MLK Week

“We do not stand in the shadow of those who came before us, but in their glow. And that glow exists because they put forth a vision of the future and they fought for it.”

— DeRay McKesson, 2018

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


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.

Students look at artifacts at the Mobile Black History Museum.

Black History 101 Mobile Museum

Wednesday, January 22 and Thursday, January 23

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

And, there are more events!

View the full line-up here.