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The Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Series was established in 1985 at Vanderbilt University. Commemorating King’s life and legacy, the university community gathers annually on this national holiday for a series of programs, including participation in the city-wide march, community service, educational forums and lectures. In honoring King, Vanderbilt University affirms its own commitment to the goals of peace and racial justice to which King dedicated his life.

As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic, the university is hosting the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Keynote address by poet and author Nikky Finney virtually on Jan. 17, 2022, around the theme “Where We Belong: Building the Beloved Community.”  Events are open to all Vanderbilt campus and community partners, unless noted below.

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2019 Nashville MLK Day March (Joe Howell/Vanderbilt)
2019 Nashville MLK Day March (Joe Howell/Vanderbilt)