Since 1986, the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives has coordinated the University of Michigan’s annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium — one of the largest celebrations of the life and legacy of MLK sponsored by colleges and universities in the nation.

Throughout the entire month of January, the MLK Symposium provides the community with opportunities to participate in lectures, live performances, exhibits, workshops and community service projects sponsored by academic and non-academic units, student and staff organizations and community groups.

We encourage you to join the MLK Symposium Planning Committee, where your ideas and input will help create the annual symposium theme, aid in the selection of the invited speaker for the Keynote Memorial Lecture and develop initiatives to help expand the reach of the symposium.

You and/or your student group may also develop and implement activities and events fundamental to the overall mission of the symposium. Be sure to submit your events to the website for inclusion in the commemorative booklet.

Engage with the Symposium

We are excited to announce that the 2023 Keynote Memorial Lecture is scheduled to return to an in-person format at Hill Auditorium in addition to the online stream.

Join the conversation – #UMichMLK

Students and Student Organizations – there are multiple ways for you to get involved: create your own event; volunteer to assist OAMI at events; become a part of the MLK Symposium committee.

Staff & Faculty – encourage staff and coworkers to get involved: your department or unit can sponsor an event; volunteer with and attend events around campus; become a part of the MLK Symposium committee.

Community Members and families – many events are developed with the entire family in mind: participate in the annual MLK Symposium’s “Children’s Day” and other events throughout January and February.

For more information, contact mlksymposiuminfo@umich.edu or call 734-936-1055.