You’re invited to celebrate MLK day 2021

Every year, Anderson University suspends all classes on Martin Luther King, Jr. day. Each student, faculty, staff, and community member are invited to come together on January 18 to celebrate Dr. King’s life and legacy. This time is used to revitalize the commitment to the ongoing work of social justice and racial equality. 

Given COVID regulations and guidelines, MLK day will be run a bit differently this year, with many virtual opportunities available at All events are centered around this year’s theme, “Awaken the Dream.” The theme was inspired by a speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. entitled, “Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution.” Dr. King’s legacy has certainly forged a powerful way forward, yet there is still much to be done to achieve equity for historically marginalized groups.

Mike Thigpen, who was recently appointed the university’s Chief Diversity Officer, is a key player in organizing MLK day events. “I am excited about our community’s partnerships, which have allowed us to expand the MLK day celebrations and reach a more extensive virtual audience.” He continues, “What makes this year so special is that anyone can participate from anywhere.”

AU President John S. Pistole noted, “Diversity and inclusion are two attributes we seek to live out every day on campus, and celebrating the MLK Day activities virtually this year enables us to share more broadly. This seems especially important following the year we just experienced.”

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.