Annual MLK Celebrations

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 2022 Celebration will take place on Thursday, February 10, from 11am-1pm. 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.

2021 Ijeoma Oluo; writer, speaker, internet yeller. "What we are fighting for is Black Joy." video, article
2020 Kevin Richardson, one of the Central Park Five: Speak Up, Have Courage, Confront Injustice video, article
2019 Rahsaan Hall of the ACLU’s Massachusetts branch: America’s bank of justice is overdrawn but not bankrupt video, article
2018 Wade Davis: Sustaining the struggle for equity: Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere video, article.
2017 Aprille Joy Ericsson: Discrimination affects us all video,
2016 Freeman A. Hrabowski, III: Truth & Power, Students Leading for Change video, article
2015 Hosted by President Rafael Reif (keynote speaker Rinku Sen was unable to attend): iActivism Individuals Empowering the Collective article,
2014 Michael Eric Dyson: Should human rights be determined at the ballot box?
Videos, transcripts, etc.
2013 Paula Williams Madison: Illuminating the Elements of Meritocracy. Videos, transcripts, etc.
2012 Richard Tapia: Expanding the Possible Videos, transcripts, etc.
2011 Roland Martin: Excellence is a Shared Path: Working Together for Justice and the Quality of Life Videos, transcripts, etc.
2010 Gerry Hudson: Deploying Our Gifts for the Betterment of Humankind: What would Dr. King say about us? Videos, transcripts, etc.
2009 Johnetta Cole: Yes We Must: Achieve Diversity Through Leadership Videos, transcripts, etc.
2008 Johnnetta Cole: Ensuring Educational Access: Our Challenge, Our Opportunity Ray Hammond Videos, transcripts, etc.
2007 Ted Childs, Jr.: Maximizing Potential: The Congruence of Diversity and Excellence Videos, transcripts, etc.
2006 Donna Brazile: Dr. King's Unfinished Agenda: A Call for Economic & Social Justice in the 21st Century Videos, transcripts, etc.
2005 Gwen Ifill: Justice and Equality for All: America's Moral Dilemma Videos, transcripts, etc.
2004 Julianne Malveaux : Rhetoric or Reality: Civil Right Under Seige Videos, transcripts, etc.
2003 Julian Bond: Faces at the Bottom of the Well: Nightmare of Reality vs. Dr. King's Dream Videos, transcripts, etc.
2002 Tavis Smiley: From Dreams to Reality: The Illusion of Full Inclusion Videos, transcripts, etc.
2001 Lani Guinier: Confronting the Gap: Building and Sustaining Inclusion Videos, transcripts, etc.
2000 Shirley Ann Jackson: Engineering Bold Leadership for the 21st Century: A Blueprint for Full Participation in Academia, Government and Industry Videos, transcripts, etc.
1999 Kweisi Mfume: Teaching and Learning: The Key to Full Inclusion Videos, transcripts, etc.
1996 Dr. Julius L. Chambers: With Liberty and Justice for All Videos, transcripts, etc.