Currently in its 39th year, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is Oregon State University’s longest running annual event focused on social justice and transformative change.

Beginning with a keynote address on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day from Dr. Angela Davis, the 2021 celebration continues into the Season for Nonviolence, with a series of events for the OSU-Cascades community as well as the general public.

Note: All events are virtual and require registration. Events are open to the public, unless otherwise specified.

For a full listing of Celebration events hosted by Oregon State University, visit OSU's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration page.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Events

Keynote Address: Dr. Angela Davis 

Monday, January 18, 2021
9:30 am to 10:30 am
Register HERE 

Dr. Angela Davis -- American political activist, philosopher, academic, and author -- will speak from her decades of experience in social justice movements. Davis’ work as an educator and activist emphasizes the importance of building community action for economic, racial, and gender justice. Questions for Dr. Davis must be submitted in advance upon registration or online.

In addition to the keynote, the Celebration will include presentation of the Legacy Awards.

Sponsored by Oregon State University, the Office of Institutional Diversity, the OSU Foundation and the OSU Alumni Association.

The Time is Always Ripe to Do Right:
Reflections on Everyday Activism

Monday, January 18, 2021
11 am to noon
Register HERE

Following the keynote, join OSU-Cascades Diversity Coordinator Erin Rook for a facilitated conversation about applying the wisdom of civil rights leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, and Dr. Angela Davis in our everyday lives. 

Hosted by the OSU-Cascades Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Monday, January 18, 2021
11 am to 1 pm; 1 to 3 pm
Register through CampusGroups (OSU-Cascades only)

Turn this day off into a #BendBeavsDayOn by participating in community service projects organized by the Student Events Council. Students, staff, and faculty can sign up for remote or in-person opportunities to support Central Oregon nonprofits. More details are available here. For more information contact


Ongoing Events

Changing What We Cannot Accept: 
Harnessing Our Social Change Superpowers

Part 1: Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Part 2: Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Noon to 2 pm
Register HERE 

There are so many ways to create change -- how do you know which one is right for you? Join Diversity Coordinator Erin Rook and HDFS Instructor Lura Reed for an interactive workshop on the many paths to social change. Rooted in Deepa Iyer's "Mapping Our Roles in Social Change Ecosystems," participants will explore roles that align with their values and strengths, and how to create robust ecosystems within their communities.

Hosted by the OSU-Cascades Diversity Council.  

“Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents” 

Mondays, January 25 through March 15
Noon-1 pm
Register HERE

In collaboration with COCC’s Season of Nonviolence, the OSU-Cascades Social Justice Book Club is hosting a weekly group to discuss Isabel Wilkerson’s Pulitzer-winning book.

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents,” examines the unseen and unspoken systems of hierarchy that shaped and continue to affect systems of oppression in America. Wilkerson uses research and true life examples to illustrate these dynamics and asks readers to envision a world without caste.

Books are available for purchase at local bookstores.

Hosted by the OSU-Cascades Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.