Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration


Each year, on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, AU suspends classes so that all students, faculty, staff, and the greater Anderson community are able to come together to celebrate the life and legacy of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We use this time to renew our commitment to the ongoing work of social justice and racial equity. Our annual celebration normally kicks off with a Peace & Justice March and is followed by community events and participation in service projects around the city. Given in-person gathering limitations and CDC guidelines, AU has created new and exciting ways for you to join the celebration.

2021 Theme

Awaken the Dream.

“We must see this, believe this, and live by it if we are to remain awake through a great revolution. —Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Virtual Programming 

Million Steps for Martin

You can participate in this year’s Peace & Justice March from wherever you are in the country! Join us as we commit to take a Million Steps for Martin all over the United States in honor of MLK’s legacy.

Awaken the Dream Virtual Forum

While we are unable to gather face-to-face this year, we are excited to share some remarkable content for your enrichment. View each of our featured videos between now and MLK Day 2021 and then join us at 7 pm for a virtual Talk Back session.

MLK Day Chapel

Join us online Tuesday, Jan 19 at 11 am for our annual MLK Day Chapel. We are excited about the powerful message that will be brought to us by our 2020 MOSAIC Multicultural Alumni Award recipient, Rev. Dr. Kevin W. Earley. Be sure to save the date, because you will not want to miss this Virtual Chapel experience.

City of Anderson MLK Celebration

Anderson University’s partnership with the city of Anderson has been a central component of our MLK Day celebration in years past, and that tradition continues on in 2021. Tune into the Anderson TV Channel at Noon on January 18th to view the 41st Citywide Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Program.

Virtual Gathering

Return to this page at 11 am on Monday, January 18th for a message from President Pistole, and a time of reflection and worship. You do not want to miss this Virtual Gathering!

Help Pave the Path

Do you want to take your steps even further by making a contribution to help students follow their dreams? Click here to contribute to the Multicultural Student Success Fund. Your support helps students overcome financial barriers that threaten their ability to reach their academic pursuits.

Free Movie Viewing

On Sunday, Jan. 17, AU students, faculty and staff are invited to join a free virtual viewing of the movie Just Mercy, starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx. We will be streaming the movie for 24-hours beginning at 3 pm Check back on Saturday for the streaming link. Members of the larger Anderson community are encouraged to watch the movie on your favorite streaming app.


MLK Planning Committee
(765) 641-4103