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MLK Jr. Celebration at OSU

The OSU MLK Jr. Celebration Committee 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. Our 2024 celebration will include keynote speakers; an essay contest incorporating The Cowboy Code; a coat drive to give back to the community; and more. 
2023 MLK Jr. Day march

Celebrating his dream

2024 Schedule of Events
  • 6 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 14 | Community Event, Stillwater Community Center
  • Noon, Monday, Jan. 15 | Essay Contest Submission Deadline
  • 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 18 | Campus Celebration and Coat Drive, Student Union Theater
2024 MLK Jr. Celebration flyer

Dr. Darius Prier

Celebration Keynote Speaker 
Darius Prier serves as an Inaugural Associate Dean in the College of Education and Human Sciences at OSU. He is also an associate professor in the School of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Aviation. Dr. Prier comes from Duquesne University, where he served as associate professor, associate dean for teacher education, and interim chair in the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership. His research investigates critical transdisciplinary cultural leadership. 
Dr. Darius Prier headshot

Chauntal Dudley

Student Speaker
Chauntal Dudley was born and raised in Oklahoma City and is a senior at OSU majoring in Interior Design. Dudley is committed to increasing representation in the interior design industry and hopes to inspire others with her work. She has also served on the Black Student Association Executive Board, the National Panhellenic Council Executive Board and is a lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated. Dudley is incredibly passionate about community involvement and support, which she credits as being an incredibly important contribution to her success at OSU.
Student speaker Chauntal Dudley headshot

More ways to engage

2024 MLK Jr. Essay Contest and Coat Drive

All OSU undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply for OSU's annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration essay contest. This year's prompt incorporates The Cowboy Code. Essay winners will be announced the week of January 22. Learn more

Give back to the community by bringing new or gently used coats to our MLK Jr. Celebration in the Student Union Theater on January 18. Donations will be contributed to the OSU Clothing Closet, Wings of Hope, Mission of Hope and Payne County Youth Shelter. For more information, contact

It takes a village

MLK Celebration Committee and Sponsors
A great deal of care, time, creativity and hard work goes into the planning our annual MLK Jr. Celebration. The efforts of those listed at the link below makes each of the events and activities possible. 
Some members of 2023 MLK Jr. Celebration Committee with student keynote speaker Tré Smith
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