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  • Watch the highlights and speeches from the OSU/City of Stillwater 2022 MLK Day March.

  • Read a recap of the week's events, including An Evening with Soledad O'Brien, MLK Essay Contest winners and Advocacy through Artivism submissions.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Join us for our 2022 Celebration
The OSU Division of Student Affairs and the Division of Institutional Diversity invite you to join us in celebrating one of the most influential civil rights activists and leaders in U.S. history, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. To honor Dr. King's legacy, we will sponsor events and contests open to all OSU students, faculty and staff.
This year's celebration will include a peaceful march in partnership with the City of Stillwater and the OSU community, a keynote address by journalist Soledad O'Brien, a full day excursion to the historic Greenwood district to learn about Black Wall Street and the Tulsa Race Massacre, and more.

An Evening with Soledad O'Brien

Join us at The McKnight Center on Jan. 20 at 6 p.m.
Soledad O’Brien is an award-winning documentarian, journalist, speaker, author, and philanthropist, who founded Soledad O’Brien Productions, a multi-platform media production company dedicated to telling empowering and authentic stories on a range of social issues. She was a Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, and she has served on many boards, including the Harlem School of the Arts, the National Archives, and the Rand Corporation.
She has anchored shows on CNN, MSNBC and NBC, and hosted projects for Fox and A&E. Soledad currently anchors and produces the Hearst TV political magazine program Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien and is a correspondent for HBO Real Sports. She is also the host of the Quake Media podcast Very Opinionated with Soledad O’Brien.
Masks will be required. The first 400 attendees through the door for this event will receive a commemorative face covering.

Exploring Black Wall St. & the Tulsa Race Massacre

Sat. Jan 22
This full day excursion to Tulsa, Oklahoma explores the past, present and future of the Greenwood district to help OSU students better understand historical events, community resilience and the devastating effects of racism on American society.
Transportation and activities are provided free-of-charge to the first 100 OSU-Stillwater participants who register. Full tour details and itinerary can be found here.

Chideha Kanu

MLK Day March Student Keynote Speaker Jan. 17
Chideha Kanu is a Nigerian American born in OKC, who is in his first year in the Masters of Business Administration program at OSU. In May 2021, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems with a minor in Marketing. He has immersed himself in the Cowboy community through various leadership commitments on campus as well as in the Stillwater community through his philanthropic efforts. He has held numerous leadership roles on campus and served as the 2020-2021 Residence Halls Association President.
Chideha is an aspiring poet and enjoys singing during his leisure time. After completion of his MBA, Chideha plans on pursuing a career in business analytics and consulting while continuing to put his time and resources towards improving the lives of others.


Performance at The McKnight Center on Jan. 20
The men of Pokeapella share one passion: Music. Pokeapella has been changing the game of a capella music since day one. This group has developed into a Brotherhood of men that love to perform, and create memories together that will last for a lifetime. 
Pokeapella will give a special performance during “An Evening with Soledad O’Brien” on Jan. 20 at The McKnight Center.

Additional 2022 Celebration Events

MLK Essay Contest

All OSU undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply for OSU's annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration essay contest. Award winners will be announced on Jan. 20 at the celebration's keynote address.

Advocacy through Artivism Contest

In celebration of MLK Day, the Division of Student Affairs Diversity Programming Committee is hosting the 2022 OSU Advocacy through Artivism Contest. Art winners will be announced on Jan. 20 at the celebration's keynote address.

Community Service

"Everybody can be great ... because anybody can serve. ... You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. OSU invites you to sign up for a community service opportunity in honor of MLK Day.

Feb. 24

National Geographic Live Speaker Series at The McKnight Center
Greenwood: A Century of Resilience — 7:30 p.m.
A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, archaeologist Alicia Odewale is uncovering stories of resilience in the hundred years since the attack on Black Wall Street in the city’s vibrant Greenwood district. Join Ms. Odewale to discover how archaeology can be used as a tool for recovering lost stories, reclaiming a narrative, and pursuing restorative justice. OSU students can use code RUSH to reserve discounted tickets (limit of two tickets per student discount).
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MLK Celebration Committee and Sponsors

It takes a village
A great deal of care, time, creativity, and hard work goes into the planning our annual MLK Celebration. The efforts of those listed at the link below makes each of the events and activities possible. 
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