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2022 MLK Celebrations

The Division of Student Affairs and the Division of Institutional Diversity invites OSU students, faculty and staff to join us in Jan. 2022 for the activities and events we have planned to honor and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Schedule of Events

Below is a comprehensive schedule of activities, contests and events for the 2022 MLK Celebrations. We will continue to update the full list as more information is made available. 

Jan. 7, 2022

Submission due date - Advocacy through Artivism

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.

Jan. 12, 2022

Submission due date - Essay Contest

What “acts” will you take to contribute to the march toward a more just and equitable society? What goals and outcomes would you seek? How could you measure the success of these efforts? How could the University support you in those efforts?


1st place – $1,500

2nd place - $1,000

3rd place - $500


The submission period will begin on Nov. 16 2021 and will close on Jan. 12 2022 at 5 p.m. 

Jan. 17, 2022

Community Service Project - 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.


Sign up forms:


MLK Day March - 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. 

Meet in front of Spears School of Business

  • Student Keynote Address by Chideha Kanu on the steps of The McKnight Center

2022 MLK Day March route

Jan. 20, 2022

An Evening with Soledad O'Brien - 6 p.m.– 7:30 p.m.

The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts

  • Vocal performance by OSU student ensemble Pokeappella 

  • Announcement of the art and essay contest winners

Soledad O'Brien reporting


The first 400 attendees through the door will receive a commemorative face covering.

MLK Day 2022 facial covering, We share the dream quote



Jan. 22, 2022

Free Excursion to Tulsa's Greenwood District

Greenwood Rising Museum in Tulsa

Feb. 24, 2022


National Geographic Live Speaker Series at The McKnight Center

  • 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

The McKnight Center

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