MLK Week 2018

An annual week-long series of events that honor the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and educate the UofL campus and community on the importance of actualizing Dr. King’s ideals of social justice, non-violence, education, and service.

University of Louisville Cultural Center
MLK Week
Monday, January 15 - Friday, January 19, 2018

Monday, Jan. 15, 2018

 MLK Day of Service - (8:30 a.m., Strickler Hall)

Sponsored by Engage, Lead, Serve, Board

MLK Day of Service has been an American tradition since 1994. Join the UofL community in making it a "day on, not a day off". Free t-shirt, lunch and transportation provided. No registration required.

The 2018 MLK Day of Service program will kick off on January 15th in Middleton Auditorium located in Strickler Hall on Belknap Campus. The program will begin with a brief introduction and keynote speaker, then students will be transported to various service sites around the city. For more information contact .

Martin Luther King Day Celebration - (1 p.m., The Playhouse, 1911 S. Third Street)

Sponsored by the African American Theatre Program (AATP)

The theatre program’s annual MLK Celebration features a staged reading of “Free Lunch,” a piece written by Troy Johnson, a participant in the recent workshops “Telling our Tales: Plays from West Louisville.”  This free, public presentation will include music, theater and dance.

For more information, contact Blair Boyd at 502-852-7682 or

sTuesday, Jan. 16, 2018 – Louisville Bus Civil Rights Tour

(12:10 p.m. Departure from the UofL Cultural Center)

The City of Louisville was an active site during the Civil Rights Movement. Whether you are from Louisville or visiting for the first time, we invite you to explore and learn how the 20th-century civil rights movement changed lives here at the South’s northern border–for African Americans, but also for whites & now for the new immigrants who are bringing greater cultural diversity in the 21st century.

Join this free bus tour to explore the Louisville Downtown Civil Rights Trail. Boxed lunches provided (must register). Register online at

Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 – Filming Screening "American Experience: Freedom Riders"mlk movie screening

(5:30 p.m., Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library)

In 1961, segregation seemed to have an overwhelming grip on American society. That is, until an integrated band of college students - many of whom were the first in their families to attend a university - decided, en masse, to risk everything and buy a ticket on a Greyhound bus bound for the Deep South. They called themselves the Freedom Riders—come out to learn about their story.

[CANCELLED] Thursday, Jan. 18, 2017 – MLK Candlelight Vigil [CANCELLED]

 Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 – MLK Art Showcase & Wall Signing

(12-2 p.m., Cultural Center)

Drop in for lunch in the Cultural Center to view art pieces and sign the commemorative MLK Wall as we culminate MLK Week with messages of peace, justice, inclusion and hope for equality for all. Lunch provided.


For more information contact Dominique McShan at