The MIT community gathers every February at a celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Speakers have included leaders who are prominent both nationally and in the local Boston/Cambridge community, in accordance with Dr. King’s dual emphasis on global and local issues.

The 2020 Celebration will take place on Wednesday, February 12, from 11am-1pm in Morss Hall, Walker Memorial. This page will be updated with further details and event registration. If you would like to receive a notification when registration opens, please subscribe to the ICEO mailing list.

YearKeynote Speaker 
2019Rahsaan Hall of the ACLU’s Massachusetts branch: America’s bank of justice is overdrawn but not bankruptvideo, article
2018Wade Davis: Sustaining the struggle for equity: Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywherevideo, article.
2017Aprille Joy Ericsson: Discrimination affects us allvideo,
2016Freeman A. Hrabowski, III: Truth & Power, Students Leading for Changevideo, article
2015Hosted by President Rafael Reif (keynote speaker Rinku Sen was unable to attend): iActivism Individuals Empowering the Collective
2014Michael Eric Dyson: Should human rights be determined at the ballot box?
Videos, transcripts, etc.
2013Paula Williams Madison: Illuminating the Elements of Meritocracy.Videos, transcripts, etc.
2012Richard Tapia: Expanding the PossibleVideos, transcripts, etc.
2011Roland Martin: Excellence is a Shared Path: Working Together for Justice and the Quality of LifeVideos, transcripts, etc.
2010Gerry Hudson: Deploying Our Gifts for the Betterment of Humankind: What would Dr. King say about us?Videos, transcripts, etc.
2009Johnetta Cole: Yes We Must: Achieve Diversity Through LeadershipVideos, transcripts, etc.
2008Johnnetta Cole: Ensuring Educational Access: Our Challenge, Our Opportunity Ray Hammond Videos, transcripts, etc.
2007Ted Childs, Jr.: Maximizing Potential: The Congruence of Diversity and Excellence Videos, transcripts, etc.
2006Donna Brazile: Dr. King's Unfinished Agenda: A Call for Economic & Social Justice in the 21st CenturyVideos, transcripts, etc.
2005Gwen Ifill: Justice and Equality for All: America's Moral DilemmaVideos, transcripts, etc.
2004Julianne Malveaux : Rhetoric or Reality: Civil Right Under SeigeVideos, transcripts, etc.
2003Julian Bond: Faces at the Bottom of the Well: Nightmare of Reality vs. Dr. King's DreamVideos, transcripts, etc.
2002Tavis Smiley: From Dreams to Reality: The Illusion of Full InclusionVideos, transcripts, etc.
2001Lani Guinier: Confronting the Gap: Building and Sustaining InclusionVideos, transcripts, etc.
2000Shirley Ann Jackson: Engineering Bold Leadership for the 21st Century: A Blueprint for Full Participation in Academia, Government and Industry Videos, transcripts, etc.
1999Kweisi Mfume: Teaching and Learning: The Key to Full InclusionVideos, transcripts, etc.
1996Dr. Julius L. Chambers: With Liberty and Justice for AllVideos, transcripts, etc.